Niki Lauda admitted to hospital with flu five months after lung transplant

Lauda back in intensive care after recovery setback!

Lauda back in intensive care after recovery setback!

Mercedes GP non-executive chairman Niki Lauda (R), pictured at the 2015 Austrian Grand Prix, is back in hospital after a lung transplant a year ago.

"There was an influenza case in his family, and he is treated to an intensive care unit with us", spokeswoman for the AKH, Karin Fehringer, told the Oesterreich.

Vienna General Hospital have confirmed that Niki Lauda is expected to be discharged within a week, having returned to intensive care over the weekend after falling ill with the flu.

Niki Lauda
Niki Lauda

Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda has taken a step back in his recovery from the lung transplant operation he underwent past year.

In November he referenced his health in a video message issued to mark the fifth consecutive double world championship success for Mercedes.

The Formula 1 legend and Mercedes team chairman had been vacationing in Ibiza following his long recovery from a life-saving lung transplant operation. He has had a close working relationship with five-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton and was involved in helping to sign the British driver from McLaren for the 2013 season. In 1976, he was badly burned when he crashed during the German Grand Prix, but made an astonishingly fast return to racing just six weeks later.

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