Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has admitted that he wants F1 legend and Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda to return to his duties with the team ‘as soon as possible’ but warned against the possibility of the Austrian returning too early from his recuperation from surgery.
Lauda has been a key advisor to Wolff over the past few years, as Mercedes have cruised to five constructor’s championships in a row, but missed the second half of last season after receiving a lung transplant.
"He was there partly as a crutch for Toto (Wolff) to lean on," said Red Bull boss Christian Horner.
Wolff has now admitted to Kleine Zeitung newspaper that he misses the 70-year-old Austrian "a lot".
"Personally, I miss him very much as a human being and as my companion in battle," he said.
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