Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton grateful to be back after coronavirus ‘experience’

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Lewis Hamilton portrayed having Covid as “an encounter” after he got back to his Mercedes vehicle at the season-finishing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Hamilton missed a weekend ago’s race in Bahrain in the wake of contracting Covid-19 yet tried negative on Wednesday so as to race at Yas Marina.

“It’s not something I truly need to go into profoundly about,” the best on the planet said. “It was an encounter, without a doubt.

“I am only glad to be back and thankful to be back with the group.”

Hamilton’s colleague Valtteri Bottas, who was quickest in second practice meeting on Friday, stated: “Ideal to see him solid and back. You don’t wish anybody to have that infection and clearly it was not so gentle.”

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Abu Dhabi GP second practice results

Hamilton said he had “missed doing what I love” and that he had watched “a few” of the Sakhir Grand Prix, in which his substitute George Russell featured in the Mercedes and was just denied of an introduction win by a refueling break misunderstanding and cut.

Hamilton said that it had taken him a large part of the day to feel great again in the vehicle.

“It has taken a decent meeting and a half to get back in the stream despite the fact that it was quite a short measure of time not in the vehicle,” the seven-time champion said. “Yet, we got past all the program required and [will] buckle down around evening time for later.

“The vehicle wasn’t exactly the manner in which it was the point at which I left it. The equilibrium wasn’t the equivalent however I am working my way back to where I am alright with it.”

Hamilton finished the day 0.203 seconds more slow than Bottas, as both Mercedes drivers curiously set their quickest lap times on the medium tire compound.

Dissimilar to Bottas, Hamilton set a quicker lap on the delicate, which ought to have better movement more than one lap, however had his time erased for surpassing track limits at the last corner.

That time was 0.2secs quicker than Bottas’ movement setting mark. He was a similar edge in front of Bottas on normal on their race-reenactment runs later in the meeting, for which both Mercedes drivers utilized the 2021 test tire provided by Pirelli.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was third quickest, his best time likewise set on the medium tire.

Verstappen was hindered on his delicate tire lap by Racing Point driver Sergio Perez and said the tire was “fine for me”.

In any case, Bottas said he had battled to make the delicate work successfully.

“The delicate was interesting,” the Finn said. “I didn’t generally get them into the window on the primary lap and afterward the second lap they were overheating greatly. The medium felt like the better tire, which it shouldn’t be.”

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