Niki Lauda makes fun of pink Formula 1 cars


Triple-time Formula One World Champion Niki Lauda scoffed in an interview with the Austrian TV station ORF about the pink livery of the new car from the Force India racing stable. “It stings first in the heart of my daughter Mia. She has the Princess Lillifee in the same color and at the same time could use the car as a safety car in the rainbow parade,” said the 68-year-old. The rainbow parade is the name given to the Vienna CSD.The ORF sports journalist Ernst Hausleitner this answer was apparently too hot: “Now we have to see that we bring the whole thing back into the politically correct area,” said the commentator in response to the statement Lauda., In Formula 1 are pink cars , unlike the popular in Germany DTM race series, still very unusual. Therefore, the Force India driver Sergio Pérez commented on the launch of the car: “Nobody will be happy to overtake by a pink car.” The 26-year-old Mexican said: “Once we see the car on the track, the fans will be amused, and it’s great for the sport to have something different.”Niki Lauda, ​​who today holds the post of Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Mercedes Formula 1 team, caused a stir in 2011 with a homophobic statement about the Austrian celebrity dance show “Dancing Stars”. At that time he criticized the announcement that the gay actor and presenter Alfons Haider wanted to participate for the first time with a same-sex dance partner.That could confuse the offspring, so Lauda at that time: “I do not want that my children see on the ORF that a man with a man dances – and that they believe, to have to imitate.” He further claimed that men basically did not dance with each other: “There is nowhere a man dancing with a man – in no disco, on any ball – only in ORF, because he wants to blow the odds” ( reported1).After sharp criticism, Lauda had apologized for the statement and said: “I would like to make it clear once again: I have and had time of my life no prejudice against homosexuals” ( reported2). (Dk)


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