Mercedes wishes Lauda a safe and speedy recovery

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On Friday, Mercedes chief Toto Wolff, who works closely with Lauda, who holds the position of non-executive chairman of Mercedes AMG F1 Team, issued the following statement via the team. He was flown by private jet to the AKH Vienna hospital, where he remains in intensive care while he recovers from the surgery. But knowing Niki, I'm sure he will soon be telling every nurse and doctor that he has had enough of the hospital.

"The transplantation was done successfully by Walter Klepetko, head of thoracic surgery, and Konrad Hotzenecker".

Klepetko said the usual recovery period for such a procedure is two to three weeks, but explained that 69-year-old Lauda's recovery period will be "a longer time" due to his age.

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The surgeon confirmed that Lauda's medical history was unlikely to have been a factor in Lauda's illness. Lauda has twice undergone kidney transplants, in 1997 and 2005.

"One can absolutely assume that lung transplantation is not a late effect of the fire accident", he said.

"Although we should enjoy the start of our summer holidays this evening, none of us at Mercedes will pretend that we feel happy - our thoughts are rather with Niki, Birgit and the Lauda family, " Wolff said. For all of us at Mercedes he is our chairman, our mentor and our friend. 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.

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"The recovery he faces is not a race".

Scary stuff! From us all here at GP blog, we wish him the best of recoveries.

"I miss you my friend", he added.

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