Lauda leaves Air Berlin Board of Directors
3 January 2013 – Niki Lauda has left his position as the Non-Executive Director of the Air Berlin Board of Directors, opting to focus solely on his new role at the Mercedes AMG F1 Team.
The triple World Champion, who has been working as a pundit for German television channel RTL, joined Mercedes as the Non-Executive Chairman of its Board of Directors in September 2012. Soon after, Lewis Hamilton signed a three-year contract with the Silver Arrows to race alongside former karting team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Prior to his advisory role with Mercedes, 63-year-old Lauda held a similar position at Ferrari, the team with whom he claimed two of his world titles (1975 and 1977). He achieved his third and final Drivers' crown with McLaren during the 1984 season.