F1 champion Lewis Hamilton has revealed he’s “grateful to be alive” after his coronavirus scare.
The 35-year-old returned to the circuit for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, after he was pressured to sit down out the Sakhir GP after testing constructive for COVID-19.
Lewis Hamilton says he is glad to be alive after his coronavirus scareCredit score: Splash Information
And he managed to complete third in an exciting race within the Center East, which was won by Max Verstappen.
Talking from the rostrum, Hamilton stated he was pleased to be again – however was nonetheless feeling the after-effects of the virus.
“You possibly can’t win all of them so contemplating the previous couple of weeks I am actually pleased with the weekend,” Hamilton stated.
“It isn’t 100 per cent pretty much as good as I’d’ve appreciated. That was a very arduous race for me bodily.
“All 12 months I have been positive however at present I wasn’t. I am simply glad it is over.
“I did not suppose any time final week I’d be right here so I am simply actually grateful for my well being and to be alive and searching ahead to recovering and getting my physique again to the place it ought to be.”
After testing constructive with coronavirus, Hamilton spent 10 days in isolation.
He was given permission to travel to Abu Dhabi the place he was examined on arrival final Thursday and the speedy check additionally produced a detrimental consequence.
As that check fell throughout the 96 hour window stipulated by the FIA, Hamilton was granted entry to the paddock and was allowed to participate in observe classes.
Max Verstappen gained the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix forward of Valtteri Botta and Lewis HamiltonCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty
Nevertheless, Max Verstappen was victorious at Yas Marina – holding off the problem of Valtteri Bottas and Hamilton to win the ultimate race of the F1 season.
As was the case in qualifying, Verstappen narrowly edged out Valterri Bottas to win his second GP of 2020 and finish the 12 months on a excessive.
The Red Bull driver adopted up his first pole place yesterday with a convincing efficiency in an in any other case uneventful GP on Sunday.
He stated: “It was actually satisfying. We had an excellent begin at present after which I taken care of the tyres however the automotive had a very good stability.
“We did mainly every little thing proper and from the entrance you possibly can management the tempo a bit extra and it makes every little thing simpler.”