Birgit Wetzinger Bio
Birgit born on 4th March, 1979, is the wife of the late Niki Lauda; Austrian Formula One driver, a three-time F1 World Drivers’ Champion, and an aviation entrepreneur. She previously worked as a flight attendant of his airline. Birgit donated a kidney to Niki, just eight months into their relationship.
Birgit Wetzinger Age
Brigit was born on March 4, 1979 in Vienna, Austria. She is 40 years old as of 2019.
Birgit Wetzinger Parents
Birgit is a very private person when it comes to his personal life. She has managed to keep details of her parents and the rest of her family members off the limelight. We will be sure to keep you updated.
Birgit Wetzinger Husband (Niki Lauda)
Brigit got married to Niki Lauda in 2008. Her husband Niki, was a three-time Formula 1 world champion, non-executive chairman of the world champion Mercedes team. He had a successful career as a pilot and a businessman, who set up two airlines and continued to occasionally captain their planes into his late 60s. He passed away on May 20, 2019.
Niki will forever be remembered for his 1976 accident. His Ferrari plunged off the track for never-explained reasons on August 1, 1976, during the Formula One world championship and burst into flames on the notorious 22.8-kilometre (14-mile) long Nurburgring in Germany.
He remained trapped in the burning vehicle for almost a minute before he was pulled out by other drivers who stopped to rescue him. He took part in the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, six weeks later, after receiving last rites in his hospital bed. He was still in bandages at the time as he had suffered first- to third-degree burns over his face and hands, he had also inhaled searing toxic fumes that damaged his lungs. Despite all that he finished fourth.
Despite being involved in an accident, he only missed two races that season and still had a three-point lead over Britain’s James Hunt at the season-ending Japan Grand Prix. He finally retired from the race after two laps in torrential rain saying it was unsafe to continue and Hunt went on to claim his only world title.
Laine quit Formula One at the end of 1979, to pursue civil aviation. He, later went back to race circuit in 1982 partnerring with McLaren, with whom he won his last world champion title in 1984.
In 1979 he founded Lauda Air but he sold it to Austrian Airlines in 2002, at a profit . He created the profitable low-cost carrier Niki in 2004 but sold it to Germany’s Air Berlin in 2011.
He won the airline back in January 2018 after Air Berlin went defunct, edging out IAG, owner of British Airways, and Ryanair. He renamed it LaudaMotion but two months later sold a majority stake in it to Ryanair.
Niki Lauda Death
Niki Lauda passed away on May 20th, 2019. Confirming his death, his family released a statement to confirm his death which read; “His unique successes as a sportsman and entrepreneur are and will stay in our memory. His tireless zest for action, his straightforwardness, and his courage remain a role model and standard for all of us. Away from the public, he was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. We will miss him.”
He underwent an emergency lung transplant in a Vienna hospital on August 2, 2018,after contracting an infection in his lungs, which were still scarred and weakened by the effects of the 1976 accident.
Years before he had kidney transplant which he got from the then-girlfriend Birgit Wetzinger, (current wife).
Birgit Wetzinger Children/ Birgit Wetzinger Twins
Birgit together with her husband has two children, twins, Mia and Max Lauda born in 2009.