Lengthy COVID will not be a priority, says Hamilton

2021-08-26 20:17:52

Lewis Hamilton insists that his bid for a record-breaking eighth world championship is not going to be derailed by lengthy COVID-19.

The 36-year-old Mercedes driver was pressured to hunt medical consideration after feeling dizzy within the aftermath of his frenetic drive from final to 3rd on the concluding spherical earlier than the summer season break in Hungary almost 4 weeks in the past.

Hamilton subsequently revealed that he’s struggling with the results of coronavirus which he contracted final December.

However talking on Thursday as the game roars again to life in Belgium this week, Hamilton, who holds an eight-point benefit over Pink Bull rival Max Verstappen, mentioned: “It isn’t a priority for me.

“I spent the break ensuring I’m in the very best form and I do really feel like I’m in higher form transferring into the second half of the season.

“I stress the significance of staying protected as a result of we’re on this pandemic. As you progress round, you see folks stress-free increasingly however the virus remains to be round.

“However I’ll proceed to be centered on my well being and proceed to verify I get stronger all year long.”

Spa-Francorchamps performs host to the primary of three races in as many weeks, forward of the Dutch Grand Prix, after which Monza.

Hamilton’s Mercedes crew have been anticipated to disclose this weekend who will companion the seven-time world champion subsequent season, with George Russell rising because the favorite to interchange Valtteri Bottas.

Nonetheless, an announcement has been pushed again, with the week of the Italian Grand Prix on September 12 understood to be earmarked.

“I’ve been vocal up to now about my loyalty to Valtteri,” added Hamilton, who has pushed with Bottas at Mercedes since Nico Rosberg’s retirement in 2016.

“I’ve labored extremely carefully with him and our working relationship is healthier than ever.

“(Mercedes crew principal) Toto Wolff is a superb chief and we all the time keep related.

“We wish what’s finest for the crew and we need to win extra championships. We have now conversations however it’s all the way down to him and the board at Mercedes to make that call.”

Mercedes junior driver Russell, 23, who scored his first factors for Williams in Hungary, mentioned: “I belief Mercedes to take care of my future, by some means.

“Any driver desires to go in opposition to the very best and Lewis is the best of all-time.

“It might be an honour to get that chance. If I may select to race in opposition to anyone as my teammate, Lewis could be the one.”

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