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2018-09-10 12:47

Image: AFP / Erwin Scheriau

Niki Lauda will miss all of the remaining races this season, Bild newspaper has revealed.

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

Only family allowed

Lauda's friend Dr Helmut Marko, of Red Bull, told Bild that he has not been able to visit the 69-year-old.

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"Only his family, so his wife and his children, can visit him. 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, F1 misses him. Everyone misses him - his charisma, his straight words," the Austrian Marko added.

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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