Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

F1 legend Niki Lauda recovering well after lung transplant

F1 legend Niki Lauda recovering well after lung transplant

Lauda is non-executive chairman of the Mercedes F1 team, and has been a regular presence in the paddock in that role.

"One can absolutely assume that lung transplantation is not a late effect of the fire accident", he said. Vienna General Hospital confirmed at the time that Lauda required the transplant due to "a severe lung disease".

It detailed that 24 hours after the operation, Lauda was fully conscious and could be extubated, and breathe independently.

From us all here at GPBlog, we wish Niki Lauda the best of recoveries.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, meanwhile, also shared his support.

Lauda won the Formula One championships in 1975, 1977 and 1984, before launching careers as an aviation entrepreneur, motorsport manager and television commentator.


"The world knows Niki as an F1 legend with incredible power and resilience".

"For all of us at Mercedes he is our chairman, our mentor and our friend", he added.

"The recovery he faces is not a race, but I'm sure he will soon be telling every nurse and doctor that he has had enough of hospital. I miss you my friend".

"Wishing you a speedy recovery".

Lauda was severely burned in an accident at the 1976 German Grand Prix and had fluid vacuumed from his lungs so he could return to racing in just six weeks, an event chronicled in the Ron Howard-directed film "Rush", which stared Daniel Brühl as Lauda.

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