Niki Lauda’s grieving widow Birgit places his Formula 1 helmet on his coffin at racing star’s funeral

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FORMULA 1 legend Niki Lauda’s widow placed his racing helmet on his coffin at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna.

The wooden coffin of the three-time champion was decorated by wife Birgit Wetzinger with his red racing helmet and surrounded by candles, flowers and photographs.

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Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, Arnold Schwarzenegger and several Formula One stars were expected to attend the service[/caption]

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Lauda, who was buried in his Ferrari racing suit, died last week after a long and hugely successful career[/caption]

The racing hero will be buried in Doebling near to his late mother with full state honours after a special mass attended by Lewis Hamilton and Bernie Ecclestone.

Lauda, who was buried in his Ferrari racing suit, died last week after a long and hugely successful career.


He won two of his Formula One titles after a horrific crash in which he suffered serious burns, later became a prominent figure in the aviation industry and in recent years served as a non-executive chairman of the Mercedes F1 team.

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, Arnold Schwarzenegger and several Formula One stars were expected to attend the service.

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