Formula One has an end-of-term really feel to it forward of the ultimate race of the yr in Abu Dhabi however Friday felt like a return to high school for seven occasions champion Lewis Hamilton after being laid low by COVID-19.
The Mercedes driver, who wrapped up his seventh championship in Turkey final month, missed the Sakhir Grand Prix after going into isolation in Bahrain and was given the all-clear to race once more solely on Thursday.
“I was very, very happy and grateful this morning just to be back here and obviously to be able to try and finish off this season strong,” the Briton advised Sky tv.
“Super excited. It felt like a first day back at school kind of thing. It definitely took a minute to get back used to it for the first session, and then the second one still getting my bearings.”
Hamilton mentioned the staff had examined developments for subsequent season.
The Sakhir GP was the primary Hamilton has missed in his F1 profession as he was changed by compatriot George Russell, who might need gained however for Mercedes bungling a pitstop after which having a late puncture.
Hamilton mentioned 22-year-old Russell, who has returned to Williams, had performed a tremendous job.
“I don’t think I need to do any more to seal what I’ve done,” mentioned Hamilton, winner of 11 of the 16 races thus far.
“I just want to come here and enjoy it this weekend, enjoy what I do. It’s been a huge amount of work for everyone back at the factories and it’s been a privilege to race with them this year.
“We don’t have anything to prove this weekend, I don’t feel I have anything to prove, just here to have some fun.”