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Niki Lauda able to breathe on his own

Niki Lauda won the Formula One title in 1975 1977 and 1984 MARK THOMPSON GETTY Niki Lauda won the Formula One title in 1975 1977 and 1984
Cassandra Castillo | 08 August, 2018, 19:44

The Vienna General Hospital said the procedure was needed due to a "serious lung illness" that The Österreich reported came after an infection the Austrian picked up while on vacation in Ibiza, Spain.

A new pair of lungs were flown in from Germany and the operation went ahead successfully on Thursday. Lauda, who also required kidney transplants in 1997 and 2005, is the father of four children from two marriages - Lukas (39), Mathias (37) and eight-year-old twins Max and Mia.

On Monday, the hospital said Lauda was making progress from his successful surgery. "Mr Lauda will stay at the Vienna General Hospital until his full recovery".

"Already 24 hours after surgery Mr Lauda could be extubated, was spontaneously breathing and had full consciousness", said the hospital in brief a statement.

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"For all of us at Mercedes he is our chairman, our mentor and our friend", he added. We have missed him by our side in Hockenheim and Hungary, and can't wait to have him back with us on the grand prix tracks of this world.

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

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

"We wish him a safe and speedy recovery - in that order - and send all our positive energy to him and his family".

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