Niki Lauda released from hospital after illness

Formula One triple world champion and airline entrepreneur Niki Lauda has been released from hospital, the Vienna General Hospital said Wednesday, after he was treated for influenza following a lung transplant five months ago.

Lauda, a 69-year-old Austrian, had been holidaying in the Spanish island of Ibiza when he was flown to the hospital for treatment in early January.

When asked about a report by APA newswire, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed Lauda had left the hospital on Wednesday.

Lauda, who was badly burned in 1976 in a Formula One race and later became an airline entrepreneur, underwent a lung transplant in August and was recuperating from the surgery.