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Niki Lauda to miss remainder of 2018 F1 season

Niki Lauda is said to be in a Vienna hospital while recovering from his surgery.

Three-time Formula 1 champion continues to recover from a lung transplant

Niki Lauda, who last month had a lung transplant, will miss all of the remaining races this season, German media outlet Bild newspaper is reporting.

The F1 legend and Mercedes team chairman is reportedly still in intensive care in Vienna. Meanwhile, Lauda's friend, Red Bull Racing consultant Helmut Marko, told Bild that he has not been able to visit the 69-year-old.

"Only his family, so his wife and his children, can visit him," Marko said. "The doctors say the danger is that he will become infected with a virus or other people's bacteria. We all miss him. Mercedes misses him, Formula 1 misses him. Everyone misses him -- his charisma, his straight words."

The newspaper said Lauda will not attend any of the remaining seven races this year, but Marko insisted, "Niki will fight through this and be with us again. We need him."

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