Mathias Lauda: F1 Racer Father Niki Lauda, Wife, Children & Net Worth

By Aarone Hernandez | Published on: February 24, 2024 | Updated on: February 24, 2024
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Mathias Lauda, an Austrian motorsports racing driver, is the factory driver for Aston Martin Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Besides being a racing driver, he also got fame as the son of the late Austrian Formula One champ Niki Lauda.

Lauda followed in his father’s footsteps and made his debut in 2002 with Formula Nissan 2000, unlike the traditional route from karting. Now a notable racing figure, Mathias is also a doting dad of two with his wife.

Get more about him in this article.

Key Takeaways

  • Mathias is the youngest son of Niki Lauda with his ex-wife Marlene Knaus.
  • He was born on 30 January 1981 in Austria and now lives in pain with his family.
  • Lauda has claimed thirteen wins in FIA World Endurance Championship as of July 31, 2023.
  • Mathias married his longtime girlfriend Claire Lauda on August 30, 2013.
  • He is a father of two sons.
  • Lauda has a net worth of $5 million US dollars.

Is The Youngest Of Two

Born on January 30, 1981, in Salzburg, a city in Austria, Mathias is the youngest of two sons of Niki Lauda (late) and his first wife (now ex) Maelene Knaus. He grew up with his older brother Lukas Lauda, born on April 5, 1979, who now serves as his manager.

The Lauda brothers have an age gap of one year, 9 months, and 25 days.

Family Background

The 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (LMGTE Am) winner’s father Niki Lauda was an Austrian Formula One driver and aviation entrepreneur while his mother Marlene is a model, socialite, and fashion icon.

Mathias is the grandson of Ernst-Peter Lauda, the chairman of Neusiedler Paper Mill Limited, and Elisabeth Lauda.

High Profile Family History

Mathias Lauda’s paternal great-grandfather Hans Landa (b. March 25, 1896- d. January 21, 1974) was an industrialist. He co-founded the Federation of Austrian Industries and was its president for 14 years from 1946 to 1960.

The racing driver’s great-great-grandfather Ernst Ritter von Lauda (b. August 15, 1859- d. July 3, 1932), the honoree of Order of Franz Joseph, was a hydraulic and bridge engineer. He even served as an adviser to Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria.

Mathias’ Dad Niki Lauda Died In 2019: Relation With Him

Lauda’s dad Niki, who was a role model for him, died on May 20, 2019, at the age of 70. Niki Lauda, who had undergone a kidney transplant twice, had a lung transplant in 2018,  a year before his demise.

Mathias’ father was always by his side- from inspiring and supporting him in his initial career days to witnessing him accumulate professional wins.

In reminiscence of Nikki, the youngest son Mathias said,

“We had a great relationship. I learned everything from him. He was always the first that I wanted to be. He was my hero, my role model, my everything. And he was a very smart guy and everything he did after F1, everything he touched was a success.”

Is A Motorsports Racing Driver Like His Dad

Born to an F1 legend, Lauda followed his father’s footsteps and debuted in Formula Nissan 2000 at 21. This was the start of the career of this legend. Up to 2004, he had completed the full season with the Coloni Motorsports team. His timeline is below:

Team Name Timeline/No. of races
German Formula VW 2 races/2002
 Spanish Formula Three 1 race/2002
 World Series Lights 2003-2004
 Euro Formula 3000 Series 2004-2004
Formula 3000 2004-2004

Besides this, he also raced in the 2005 GP2 series and represented A1 Team Austria in the A1 Grand Prix Season in the year 2005-2006.

Mathias switched to Touring Cars from Single Seater Racing In 2006

Even though Mathias competed in many tournaments he was not able to bring home any trophies which made him realize that Single Seater Racing is not for him.

In 2006 he switched to Touring Cars, maybe this was the best decision he made because he has claimed 13 wins during his eight years in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Not only this bus he also holds 1st position one time and 3rd position twice for FIA ENDURANCE TROPHY FOR LMGTE AM DRIVERS in the years 2017,2016 and 2015 respectively.

Where Is Lauda Now?

Today lives in Barcelona, Spain, and races as a factory driver for Aston Martin Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship. He debuted here in the season 2015 and currently works with team Aston Martin Racing.

Is Married To His Long Term Girlfriend

Youngest Lauda not only has a successful career but Lauda also has a successful love life as he has been married to his long-term girlfriend-turned-wife Claire Lauda since August 30, 2013.

The two married in a secret marriage ceremony in the presence of their friends and close family. Although the couple has not revealed their love story timeline, Mathias and Claire first shared each other’s picture on their Facebook profile in 2010.

In August 2014, on the occasion of their first marriage anniversary, Lauda’s wife Claire posted “Happy 1st wedding anniversary to my wonderful husband Mathias Lauda, hopefully for you, there are many more to come“. 

Lauda Is the Father Of Two Children

Only after one year of their marriage, the Lauda couple had their first son. His name is Lennon Lauda and was born on February 12, 2014.  While their second son, Ellison Lauda, was born on June 7, 2016.

While Mathias doesn’t post much about his family on social media, Claire often posts about her sons on Facebook.

Net Worth Of

Lauda has a net worth of $5 million. He earned his income from his profession as a Motorsports Racing Driver. He has an average estimated salary of $58,273 per year as this is the national average salary for Racing Driver.