Niki Lauda has lung transplant

Mat Coch

Friday 3rd August, 2018 - 8:19am


Niki Lauda

Three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda has undergone a lung transplant.

The 69-year-old had the surgery at Vienna General Hospital after initial reports claimed he’d be admitted for severe influenza.

According to the hospital, the transplant was necessary “because of a severe lung condition,” though it added in a brief statement that “the transplant was carried out successfully.”

The Austrian, who is now a non-executive director at Mercedes, missed the German and Hungarian Grands Prix as a result of the illness and resulting surgery.

It’s not the first time Lauda has gone under the knife, having had kidney transplants in 1997 and 2005. comment policy reserves the right to remove comments that are off-topic, abusive and ban users who do not follow the comment policy. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

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