Not only is Niki Lauda set to have the worldwide release of a film all about his battle for the 1976 World Championship with James Hunt, but the three-time title-winner will be feted with another honour: a Bernie Ecclestone Award.
Lauda will become the third recipient of the award, which was founded in 2011 by Formula 1 brake supplier, Brembo. The award is presented at the firm’s home event, the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
Ecclestone was actually the award’s first recipient in recognition of his entrepreneurial work, and at the supremo’s behest, he opted to continue the annual award and acknowledge the sport’s leading men and women who have had a longstanding impact on the sport.
Last year’s award winner was Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo.
Lauda will be presented the award on the Sunday morning of this weekend’s Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza.