RACE DEBRIEF

    Some great news for Mercedes ahead of a weekend on which they could clinch another championship double – their non-executive Chairman Niki Lauda has been discharged from hospital in his native Austria.

    Lauda, F1 world champion in 1975, 1977 and 1984, was admitted back in August, suffering from a “severe lung condition” and underwent transplant surgery soon after. The 69-year-old’s recovery will now continue from home.

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    Lauda is no stranger to coming back from adversity. In 1976, he was badly burned when he crashed during the German Grand Prix, but returned to racing just six weeks later.

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