Mathias Lauda is a racing driver from Austria and the son of a former Formula 1 star Niki Lauda. The greatest success of the younger Lauda so far is the championship title in the GTE Am class of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship as a driver of Aston Martin Racing.
Lauda joined AMR in 2015. Prior to that, he competed in different championships, including Formula 3000, GP2 Series, A1 Grand Prix Series, four seasons in the DTM, Porsche Supercup, FIA GT1 World Championship and NASCAR Euro Series.
Late start of the career
Mathias Lauda was born born on January 30, 1981 in Salzburg. As the son of a famous father, Mathias was destined to become a racing driver. Interestingly, Mathias started his career relatively late.
Unlike most of his colleagues, he has not competed in karting. Lauda’s debut was in 2002 when he has competed in Formula Nissan 2000 and also appeared in selected events of the Spanish Formula 3, as well as in German Formula Volkswagen.
Niki and Mathias Lauda
Mathias continued to race open-wheelers in 2003, driving for the Vergani team in the World Series Light. Next year, Lauda raced in the International Formula 3000 with Scuderia Coloni team but picked points in just two races, eventually finishing 13th overall.
GP2 Series and A1 Grand Prix
The beginning of his career has not been a glorious one. However, he progressed to the GP2 Series in 2005, still as a member of Scuderia Coloni. His only year in the competition was really poor. Lauda scored only once, finishing 6th in Monaco, before taking the 21st place in the championship.
IN 2006 he was driving in A1 Grand Prix series
Lauda also represented Austria in the A1 Grand Prix. Unfortunately, the results were again below the expectations. He was able to earn points in only four out of 22 races and eventually finished 19th in the final standings.
Switch to the sports cars
After having pretty disappointing results in formula racing, Mathias Lauda decided to focus on the sports cars in 2006. He spent four years in the German-based DTM championship as a member of the Mercedes’ teams Persson Motorsport and Mucke Motorsport.
Lauda spent four years with Mercedes in DTM
This change obviously wasn't good for the Austrian. In his rookie season in the series, he failed to pick a single point. The season of 2007 was Lauda’s best in DTM after he scored four points before finishing 15h overall. In each of the following two years, Lauda earned only a point and somehow disappointed left the series.
Short spell in various championships
Lauda wasn't particularly active during 2010. He made a one-off appearance in Porsche Supercup but in 2011, he raced full-time with Konrad Motorsport. He did relatively well after he failed to score points in only one race, but on the other side, he had just one top 10 finish before finishing 12th in the Drivers’ Championship.
Porsche Supercup was main occupation for Niki's son in 2011
In 2012, Lauda had more duties. The main one was competing in the FIA GT1 World Championship, driving a Vitaphone Racing’s BMW. After a relatively unconvincing start of the season, he did much better in the second half of the campaign and even scored one podium finish in one round in Slovakia. With 56 points in his books, Mathias finished 12th overall.
The same year with the same team Lauda also participated in four rounds of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. He was 3rd in the races at Nurburgring and in 24 Hours of Spa, while at the end of the year Austrian pilot was 11th.
Return after a one-year break
After taking a break in 2013, Lauda returned to racing in 2014. The next stop in his career was NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in which he did pretty well. He scored one race win driving a Chevrolet before finishing 9th in the championship. The same year he also appeared in two rounds of ADAC GT Masters but without too much success.
On the roof of HTP Motorsport's Mercedes, ADAC GT Masters
Since 2015, Mathias’ main occupation is racing in the LMGTE-Am class of the FIA World Endurance Championship. As a member of Aston Martin Racing, driving a car #98 alongside Pedro Lamy and Paul Dalla Lana, Lauda finished 3rd in the championship after winning the races at Silverstone, Spa, and Bahrain.
#98 Aston Martin of Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Lauda
FIA WEC GTE Am champion in 2017
While driving the same car with the same co-drivers in 2016, Lauda again finished 3rd overall in the FIA WEC LMGTE-Am class. They won five out of nine races, but retiring from three races proved to be decisive in their unsuccessful try to win the title.
The same crew stayed in the #98 Aston Martin Vantage in the 2017 FIA WEC season. This time, Lauda and his teammates have won four races but also added three more podiums, finishing the season with a dominant win in the GTE Am class.
2017 FIA WEC GTE Am champions: Mathias Lauda, Pedro Lamy and Paul dalla Lana