user icon

Marko: Lauda still has a long way to go

  • Published on 02 Feb 2019 20:06
  • comments 3
  • By: Richard Fletcher

Niki Lauda is not expected to be at the season opener in Australia according to his long time friend, Dr Helmut Marko. The Red Bull motorsport advisor has said that Lauda still has a long way to go after his double lung transplant and was set back after his readmission to intensive care when he suffered a further ilness. 

Doctors have revealed that Lauda was days from dying last year and had his lung transplant after being taken ill while on holiday. The operation to replace his lungs was hailed a success but Lauda suffered a serious setback when he caught flu over Christmas which required an urgent readmission to intensive care.

Marko said: "Lauda still has a long way to go, he needs a lot of patience. Lauda will support his team by telephone." The Austrian had hoped to attend the Melbourne season opener but has not made the progress that he had hoped and is still recovering at home undertaking physiotherapy.

When asked about his fathers rehabilitation Lauda's son Mattias said : "He trains with fury and I hope that soon we will see him in shape. I speak to him everyday. When I'm not there, with him is my brother Lucas. One of us is still in Vienna."

Mattias summed up the situation by saying: "Dad has undergone a complex operation and has bad moments, but he has a strong character and is fighting."

Replies (3)

Login to reply
  • blade

    Posts: 341

    C'mon Niki, this is the greatest fight of your career and you will win (again !)

    • + 0
    • Feb 3 2019 - 10:43
  • We're pulling for you legend, you can beat this!

    • + 0
    • Feb 3 2019 - 13:46
  • Fight Niki! You're one of the toughest who's ever lived.

    • + 0
    • Feb 5 2019 - 06:45

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2021

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Team -
  • Points -
  • Podiums -
  • Grand Prix -
  • Country AT
  • Date of b. Apr 27 1943 (78)
  • Place of b. Graz, Austria, AT
  • Weight 0 kg
  • Length 0 m
Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Bahrain
26 - Mar 28
Bahrain
16 - Apr 18
Italy
7 - May 9
Spain
20 - May 23
Monaco
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan
18 - Jun 20
France
25 - Jun 27
Austria
2 - Jul 4
Austria
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom
30 - Aug 1
Hungary
27 - Aug 29
Belgium
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands
10 - Sep 12
Italy
24 - Sep 26
Russian
8 - Oct 10
Japan
8 - Oct 10
Turkey
22 - Oct 24
United States of America
5 - Nov 7
Mexico
12 - Nov 14
Brazil
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
26 - Mar 28
16 - Apr 18
7 - May 9
20 - May 23
Monaco Monte Carlo
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
18 - Jun 20
France Paul Ricard
25 - Jun 27
Austria Red Bull Ring
2 - Jul 4
Austria Red Bull Ring
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom Silverstone
30 - Aug 1
Hungary Hungaroring
27 - Aug 29
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
10 - Sep 12
Italy Monza
24 - Sep 26
Russian Sochi Autodrom
8 - Oct 10
8 - Oct 10
Turkey Istanbul Park
22 - Oct 24
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
5 - Nov 7
12 - Nov 14
Brazil Interlagos
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar