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Three-time world champion Lauda hopes to return 'soon' after lung transplant

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Niki Lauda (AUT) Mercedes AMG F1 Non-Executive Chairman at Formula One World Championship, Rd3,

Three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda says he will be back in his Mercedes role “soon” as he continues to recover from a lung transplant.

Lauda is non-executive chairman of Mercedes and won the F1 drivers’ championship in 1975 and 1977 with Ferrari and again in 1984 with McLaren.

In 1976, he was badly burned when he crashed during the German Grand Prix, but returned to racing just six weeks later.

The Austrian posted a message on Mercedes' social media accounts on Saturday ahead of qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to thank everyone for their support congratulate the team on the fifth successive double title success.

"As you all know, I had a rough time from my health point of view and the support I got from all you people on my way was unbelievable and I was out of bed quicker because I felt to be home in a big strong family and friends,” said Lauda, 69.

"The [team’s] achievement of this year - outstanding. Five championships in a row, Lewis again, Bottas right there, we could not have done a better job.

"The important message is I will be there soon and off we go, the pressure comes, for the sixth time.”

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