Niki Lauda has told the Formula 1 family that he will be back in the paddock sooner rather than later with a video message.
The three-time World Champion received a lung transplant back in August, and this is the first message from the Austrian since then.
The message was posted on Mercedes’ Twitter page early Saturday morning, with Lauda looking fit and healthy.
Vintage Niki Lauda 👊 pic.twitter.com/mBeSXbV8z8
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) November 24, 2018
He says in the video that “the support I got from all you people on my way was unbelievable”.
Lauda also praises the achievements of the Mercedes team, and looks ahead to next year, citing number 6 as a possibility.
Hopefully, Niki will be back in the paddock for the season opener in Melbourne in March.