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Lauda Flies In To Take Helm At Jaguar

Niki LaudaJaguar Racing have recruited Formula One legend Niki Lauda to head their effort in this year’s championship following a disappointing debut season.

The three-time world champion will become the new chief executive officer at the team.

He has signed a contract through to the end of the 2003 season.

Jaguar struggled last season following their return to the sport. Hopes of continuing the progress of the old Stewart team, taken over by Jaguar, evaporated as the cars were dogged with reliability problems.

Lauda, who resigned from his airline business last year, told Austrian radio:

"As of today I am responsible for Jaguar's entire performance division.”

His last direct involvement in F1 was five years ago with Ferrari. He was badly burned while behind the wheel of a Ferrari in 1976, and stunned the motorsport world by coming back to win the world title in 1977.
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CWN / Motoring / Jaguar / 5 Feb 01
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