File photo of Niki Lauda. Photograph:( Reuters )
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff wished Formula One great Niki Lauda a safe and speedy recovery as he is recovering in an Austrian hospital following his lung transplant.
The three-time Formula 1 world champion had been suffering from severe lung disease and was flown by private jet from Ibiza to Austria's AKH Vienna hospital after falling ill whilst on holiday.
He immediately underwent a lung transplant, however, the hospital said in a statement that hee transplant was successfully carried out.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff wished Formula One great Niki Lauda speedy recovery and send him positive energy.
The official handle of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport tweeted, "We wish him a safe and speedy recovery - in that order - and send all our positive energy to him and his family."
Toto: "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..." (1/3) pic.twitter.com/ivnDtn0E2T— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) August 3, 2018
Toto: "The world knows Niki as an #F1 legend with incredible power and resilience. 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..." (2/3) pic.twitter.com/qGWT2DVkW6— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) August 3, 2018
Toto: "The recovery he faces is not a race. But I’m sure he will soon be telling every nurse and doctor that he has had enough of hospital. We wish him a safe and speedy recovery - in that order - and send all our positive energy to him and his family. I miss you my friend" (3/3) pic.twitter.com/8TnFUVVObP— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) August 3, 2018
"The world knows Niki as an F1 legend with incredible power and resilience," Wolff, also Austrian, said in a message before the August factory shutdown.
Lauda, who was badly burned in a near-fatal Formula One crash in 1976 and later became an airline entrepreneur, was taken ill recently. He won his titles with Ferrari and McLaren in 1975, 1977 and 1984.