Two and a half months after having a lung transplant, Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda has been discharged from hospital in Vienna.
The three-time world champion had the surgery in August and spent an extended period of time in intensive care after falling ill in Ibiza during the summer. Mercedes confirmed the news, saying: “We’re delighted to hear that our Chairman and friend Niki Lauda has left hospital in Vienna. Niki will now begin a phase of intensive rehabilitation, as he continues his road to recovery. We can’t wait to have you back, Niki.”
Speaking to Press Association Sport at the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas last weekend, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said: “Niki is getting better, and he is on a good, upward slope, but you need to be careful how optimistic you sound because there can be setbacks.”
“I had a long conversation with him on the phone on Wednesday, and it is good to have him back as a sparring partner.”
Doctors are set to hold a press conference on Thursday to provide a further update on Lauda’s condition and recovery.