Andrea Nikolaus Lauda, known as Niki, was born 22 February 1949 in Vienna. On 1st August 1976 the Championship race was held in Germany, at the Nürburgring. On 23rd June 1974, the Dutch Grand Prix was run at Zandvoort. In qualifying, Ferrari took the lion’s share, with Niki Lauda on pole, six tenths faster than team-mate Clay Regazzoni. The rest of the field was over a second behind. It was a head-to-head race between Lauda and Hunt. On the second lap Niki lost the control of his car, hit an embankment and rolled back into the path of another car. The impact was tremendous and Niki’s car burst into flames. He was trapped in the wreckage. Andreas Nikolaus Lauda Biography and Profile.