Three-time Formula 1 World Champion Niki Lauda has been released from hospital today following a successful lung transplant operation, which he underwent in August.
This news come two and a half months after Lauda was reportedly holidaying in Ibiza, when he fell ill with a ‘severe cough’, being flown to Vienna for treatment.
The Vienna General Hospital, where the F1 great was treated said in a statement that he was able to be discharged in a ‘good general condition’, adding that he must spent several weeks undergoing intensive rehab.
The 69 year old is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport, who are the sport’s current Championship leader.
Lauda suffered lung damage during his fiery crash at the 1976 German Grand Prix, which was held at the Nordschleife circuit. He was able to make a remarkable recovery only three races later, despite suffering severe burns and nearly succumbing to his injuries. He was also able to add to his collection of Drivers’ Titles, winning in ’75, ’77 and ’84.