Niki Lauda to walk again by February

Date published: January 2 2019

Niki Lauda hopes to walk again by February

Niki Lauda has confirmed his recovery is going well after undergoing a lung transplant in August.

The Mercedes chairman missed the end of the 2018 season as he underwent a long recovery period in hospital and a rehabilitation clinic, following the transplant.

Lauda told Kurier and Osterreich newspapers that he is now at home, and has also set a time-frame on when he will be back to his normal self.

“At the end of January, I’m throwing away the walker,” said the 69-year-old.

“The lungs work perfectly, but I’ve been in bed for five months so the main problem is the muscles. All I have to do now is gain more strength.

“I feel good and I am not taking as many pills as before. Everyday life is not the same as before, but every day I make progress with my two physios.

“I use the tennis court in front of my house as I need the flat surface to learn how to walk properly again.

“According to the doctors, I will recover completely.”

The three-time Formula One World Champion will hope to be back in the paddock for the start of the 2019 season, with Melbourne poised to get the action underway from 15 March.