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

• Triple F1 world champion had life-saving operation in August
• Mercedes’ non-executive chairman missed part of last season

The three-times Formula One world champion Niki Lauda has been admitted to hospital with flu just five months after a lung transplant.

Lauda, 69, underwent the life-saving operation in August before he was released for rehabilitation nearly four months later. He has been in his role as Mercedes’ non-executive chairman since 2012 but his poor health meant he missed the second half of last season.

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Source: Formula 1

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