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.
"His feedback is important, his interaction with the other teams is important. He has always been our foreign minister and a very important part of this team."
Lauda is not in Australia this week, and Wolff admitted he isn't sure when he will be able to return.
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