Lewis Hamilton has revealed he skilled vital weight reduction and remains to be struggling residual lung points after being hit by the consequences of Covid-19.
The world champion, who missed the final race in Sakhir, returned to Abu Dhabi this weekend for Mercedes however admitted to being “not 100 per cent” after qualifying third.
He mentioned: “I nonetheless have some feeling inside my lungs. Usually I might drive even when certainly one of my arms have been hanging off, that is what we do as racing drivers. Fortunately that is not the case.
“I misplaced a great quantity of weight in that week so I am not 100 per cent the identical because the final time I raced, however it’s on no account going to get in the way in which of me going out and giving it my all tomorrow.
“I do not wish to go into an excessive amount of element, however I mentioned already in Australia how severe the virus is. I can actually really feel for individuals who have suffered from it, those that have misplaced ones from it, and I can perceive how as a result of it’s a nasty virus.”
Hamilton was changed by Mercedes protégé George Russell final weekend, who pushed team-mate Valterri Bottas laborious and was in rivalry to take victory earlier than a late-race gradual puncture put an finish to his cost.
Staff principal Toto Wolff mentioned lacking the weekend was laborious for Hamilton the champion was desperate to return for the season finale, together with his participation solely confirmed on Thursday night.
Having received his record-equalling seventh world title this yr, Hamilton is determined to finish the season on a excessive however he added: “It is general [lack of] power. One of many signs is that it actually drains you.
“I have been sleeping as a lot as I can however recharging is just not that straightforward because it maybe usually has been previously. It will not be the simplest of races bodily, however I’ll handle and provides it the whole lot I’ve acquired.”