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Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton stated he was nonetheless feeling the after-effects of coronavirus.
- Last Updated: December 12, 2020, 23:10 IST
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Seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton stated he was nonetheless feeling the after-effects of COVID-19 after qualifying third for Formula One’s Abu Dhabi season-ender however vowed to offer his all in Sunday’s race. The 35-year-old Mercedes driver has returned after testing constructive for the brand new coronavirus and lacking the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain final weekend. He has examined unfavorable repeatedly this week.
The Briton didn’t wish to go into medical element however stated the virus needed to be taken critically and he felt for all those that had suffered from it or had been mourning misplaced family members.
“I am not 100 per cent, I still have some feeling within my lungs,” he stated. “Normally, I would drive even if one of my arms was hanging off. That’s what we do as racing drivers and luckily that’s not the case,” he added. “It definitely won’t be the easiest of races physically but I will manage and give it absolutely everything I’ve got.”
Hamilton clinched his record-equalling seventh championship in Turkey final month and is essentially the most profitable F1 driver of all time.
He has received 11 of 16 races, equalling his greatest season efficiency, however a 12th win of 2020 can be the icing on the cake of one other stellar season that has seen Mercedes take each titles for the seventh yr in a row.
Asked whether or not adrenalin had carried him via, Hamilton stated it was extra about general power. “One of the (COVID) symptoms is it really drains you so I’m trying to sleep as much as I can,” he stated. “But recharging is not as easy as it perhaps normally has been in the past.”
Mercedes have received the final six races in Abu Dhabi however Red Bull’s Max Verstappen seized pole place on Saturday with Hamilton’s Finnish staff mate Valtteri Bottas becoming a member of him on the entrance row.
Verstappen and Bottas are combating for the runner-up place within the championship, with the Finn 16 factors clear of the Dutchman.