The seven-times world champion, who missed final weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain after contracting the new coronavirus, mentioned the race had been a bodily problem and he was glad it was over.
“Considering the past couple of weeks I’ve had I’m really generally happy with the weekend,” the Mercedes driver, who clinched his record-equalling seventh title in Turkey final month, instructed reporters.
“That was a really hard race for me, physically. All year, physically I have been fine but today I definitely wasn’t. So, I’m just glad it’s over.”
Hamilton completed third in a processional race, behind second-placed group mate Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s winner Max Verstappen.
The most profitable driver in the historical past of the sport had mentioned on arrival in Abu Dhabi that he was not 100%, nonetheless feeling the results of the virus in his lungs.
Asked whether or not that had impacted on the race, Hamilton mentioned it had.
“Massively. I don’t think I’ve ever been so blown. My body is not feeling great,” he mentioned.
“But look on the bright side: I made it through and you know, I didn’t think any time last week I would be here so I am truly grateful for my health and to be alive.
“Looking forward to recovering over the next period of time we have and getting back into training and get my body back to where I know it should be.”
Third place meant Hamilton, who additionally began third, was unable so as to add to the 11 wins he has celebrated this season — equalling the most he has ever gained in a single 12 months.