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Report: Niki Lauda will not return in 2018

Niki Lauda will miss all of the remaining races this season, according to a report.

Niki Lauda will miss all of the remaining races this season, according to a report.

The Formula 1 legend and Mercedes team chairman is reportedly still in intensive care in Vienna following a life-saving lung transplant.

Lauda's friend Dr Helmut Marko, of Red Bull, 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," the Austrian 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 says that 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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