AUG 1, 1976
At the German Grand Prix in Nurburgring, Niki Lauda crashed his Ferrari. The car caught fire and trapped in the burning cockpit, he suffered third-degree burns to his head and face and inhaled toxic gases that damaged his lungs. While at Mannheim hospital, he fell into a coma and was read the last rites by a priest.
Condition no longer deemed life-threatening.
Moved to a hospital in Ludwigshafen, which had a specialist burns unit.
Finished fourth in Monza, Italy, after missing the Austria and Netherlands races.