Three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda has been released from hospital following a successful lung transplant.

Vienna General Hospital confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that Lauda was able to leave hospital in a “good general condition". It added he must spend several weeks in intensive rehabilitation. 

The 69-year-old Austrian, who is the non-executive chairman of the Mercedes F1 team, underwent surgery in August after being diagnosed with "severe lung disease".

Lauda suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash at the Nurburgring in 1976 but made a remarkable recovery to the sport and added to his 1975 drivers’ title with further championship triumphs in 1977 and 1984.

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