Hamilton nearly collapsed and had to be helped to reach the podium after finishing third in a chaotic race to regain the lead in the Formula 1 drivers’ championship.
The seven-time world champion saw the Mercedes team doctor after the race, in which alpine driver Esteban Ocon claimed his first career victory. Hamilton then climbed to second place after Sebastian Vettel was disqualified.
After arriving late for the post-race press conference after checking in with the doctor, Hamilton said he feared suffering from the long-term debilitating effects of the coronavirus.
The 36-year-old contracted the disease last December, causing him to miss the Sakhir Grand Prix.
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“I’ve been fighting all year with my health after what happened at the end of last year and it’s still a battle,” Hamilton said on Sunday.
“I haven’t told anyone in particular about it but I think it persists,” he added. “I remember the effects when I first had it. The training has been different since then and the levels of fatigue you feel are different and it’s a real challenge.
” Then [I’m] keep trying to train and prepare in the best possible way.
“Who knows what it is today? Maybe it’s the hydration but I definitely haven’t had that experience. “
Hamilton said he suffered in the British Grand Prix last time as well, adding: “I had something similar at Silverstone but it’s a lot worse. I was really dizzy and everything got a bit blurry on the podium. “
Mercedes team manager Toto Wolff said Hamilton was sent to the team’s doctor after the race as a precaution, after appearing to be passed on the podium.
“I think you can just identify with the heat and a race like he did with tons of overtaking,” Wolff said. ” It’s exhausting. I think he should be fine, but better safe than sorry.
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Ocon took the checkered flag in front of Vettel – who was later disqualified after officials were unable to take the required fuel samples from his Aston Martin.
The Formula 1 grid was overturned after three chaotic first laps that saw rain, crashes and strategic decisions backfired.
Hamilton heads to the three-week F1 summer break to lead the driver standings of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who finished 10th at the Hungaroring.
The season resumes at the Belgian Grand Prix on August 27-29.