Lauda out of hospital after given all-clear

Niki Lauda: Given all clear

Niki Lauda: Given all clear

Niki Lauda is back recovering at home after being hospitalised with influenza over the festive period.

The three-time World Champion and current non-executive chairman of Mercedes had been well on the mend from a lung transplant in August, but suffered a setback when re-admitted into intensive care at Vienna’s AKH hospital after contracting the flu.

Professor Walter Klepetko, head of the thoracic department at AKH, has said to Austrian news agency APA that Lauda has now been released from the hospital once again.

The move to intensive care was a precautionary measure, with the surgeon also adding that Lauda’s flu infection did not put Lauda’s condition at risk and that artificial respiration had not been required.

Lauda was planning to back in the Formula 1 paddock for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in March.

Knowing him, he will still be hell-bent on being there for it. Get well soon, Niki!

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