Lewis Hamilton believes he may not yet have fully recovered from contracting Covid-19 after experiencing fatigue and dizziness at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The British driver finished third in a monumental effort to recover from last place at the Hungaroring, but admitted he feared suffering from a long Covid.
After his immense recovery, Hamilton missed the start of the post-race press conferences as he was being treated by his Mercedes team doctor due to fatigue. He later admitted that he did not think he had fully recovered from the effects of the virus he contracted in December of last year.
“I’ve been fighting all year with my health after what happened at the end of last year and it’s still a battle,” he said. “I was very dizzy and everything got a bit blurry on the podium. “
The race at the Hungaroring is hot and physically demanding, but Hamilton admitted he could experience symptoms of the form of the virus where health problems persist for months after his first contracture.
“I haven’t told anyone in particular about it, but I think it persists,” he said. “I remember the effects when I first had it. The training has been different since then and the fatigue levels you get are different and it’s a real challenge. Then [I am] keep trying to train and prepare in the best possible way. Who knows what it is today? Maybe it’s hydration, but I certainly haven’t had that experience. I had something similar at Silverstone but it’s much worse.
Hamilton also fully supported Sebastian Vettel who received a reprimand from the FIA for not removing his rainbow-colored t-shirt with the words ‘Same Love’ on it, in support of the LGBTQ + community in Hungary which is targeted. by repressive laws.
FIA rules state that T-shirts must be removed before national anthems and Vettel did not. He was optimistic before he spoke to the flight attendants. “I’m happy if they disqualify me,” he said. “They can do whatever they want with me, I don’t care. I would do it again. “
Hamilton, who expressed support for the LGBTQ + community ahead of the race, supported Vettel. “I think it’s wonderful that Seb took a stand this weekend to stand up for members of the LGBTQ + community here. It was important for him to do this. We have to take a stand, we encourage diversity and inclusiveness and this community is 100% included in that. I am proud of him. “