Nikki Lauda: Three-time Formula 1 champion has lung transplant

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Niki Lauda had 54 podium finishes in his Formula 1 career

Three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda is recovering in hospital after a lung transplant.

The 69-year-old Austrian had been suffering from “severe lung disease”, Vienna General Hospital said in a statement.

“The transplant was successfully carried out,” the statement added.

Lauda won three world drivers’ titles in 1975, 1977 and 1984 with Ferrari and McLaren.

He had cut short a holiday in Ibiza last week and returned to Vienna after developing a lung infection, the Osterreich newspaper reported.