Three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda is recovering after undergoing a successful lung transplant.
According to reports, the 69-year-old was flown to Vienna for treatment after becoming ill while vacationing in Ibiza. Local media had previously reported that he had been hospitalized, but the Vienna General Hospital confirmed the transplant in a statement in Thursday.
“Due to a severe lung disease Niki Lauda had to undergo a lung transplantation at the AKH Vienna today,” it read.
“The transplantation was successfully performed by Walter Klepetko, Head of the Clinical Department of Thoracic Surgery, and Konrad Hötzenecker. We ask for your understanding that the family will not make any public statements and request the privacy of the Lauda family.”
Lauda, who previously required kidney transplants in 1997 and 2005, is a non-executive chairman of the Mercedes Formula 1 team, and owns a percentage of the team. He suffered injuries to his lungs in his near-fatal crash at the 1976 German Grand Prix.