Despite receiving healthy monthly income, Niki Lauda’s ex-wife Birgit Wetzinger initiates $32 million legal proceedings against former partner

Niki Lauda is arguably one of the biggest names to have graced F1 and over his time in the sport, the iconic driver ammassed quite a fortune.

Having passed away a few years back, Lauda has two children with his ex-wife Birgit Wetzinger, and perhaps he had an idea about how things could pan out after his passing which led him to make a will.

Birgit and Niki Lauda. Credit: firstsportz.com
Birgit Wetzinger and Niki Lauda. Credit: firstsportz.com

The F1 legend’s will has been respected by everyone in his family till now, barring Birgit.

His ex-wife has now opened up a lawsuit to stake a claim for $32 million in his foundation.

Lauda experienced a fiery crash in Nurburgring back in 1976, and it is fair to say his life was never the same after that.

Over the years, he had to get two separate lung transplants, one from his brother in 1997 and after that failed, the other from Birgit.

However, this didn’t rescue him entirely and he continued to struggle with lung-related problems till he lived.

Birgit has now filed for getting $32 million as settlement money despite already getting a monthly income of $21,850 through the foundation.

The rest of Lauda’s family is intent on honouring his will and fighting Birgit in court.

“Birgit started all these proceedings,” a family friend said

“The rest of the family fully agree with the way Niki arranged it.

“They respect his will and are ready to defend it in court.”

While this legal tussle could take some time to sort itself out, Lauda’s team Mercedes is also facing soem tough times.

Far from setting the pace in the turbo-hybrid era that saw the constructor dominate the previous decade, Mercedes now has some catching up to do with respect to Red Bull.

In times like this, it is natural that they would miss having the experience of Lauda to rely on, a fact that was discussed by team principal Toto Wolff.

In an interview with Stats Perform, Toto Wolff said, “After all these years, we still miss Niki a lot. He always manages to come up with simple solutions to complex problems and keep them simple.

“If he were here, I have to figure out what to say and how to act. We’ve both been very effective when we deliberately simplified a situation as much as possible and sometimes it pays off right away.

“But, there are so many different details.”

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