Lewis Hamilton declares himself fit and healthy, insisting his Covid-19 concerns are OVER ahead of the second half of his Formula One world championship title defence
- Lewis Hamilton has declared himself fit for the second half of his title defence
- Hamilton has bitter rival Max Verstappen pushing him all the way this season
- The Briton struggled after contracting Covid-19 and suffering long symptoms
- Now Hamilton says he is raring to go after successfully overcoming the illness
Lewis Hamilton has declared himself fit for the second half of his title defence, shrugging off concerns that he is struggling with long Covid.
The world champion cut such an exhausted figure after his drive through the field in Hungary four weeks ago that he had to be helped on to the podium and later saw the Mercedes doctor, complaining of dizziness.
He attributed his plight to the after effects of catching Covid while on holiday in Dubai last December.
Lewis Hamilton has declared himself fit and raring to go for the second half of his title defence
But ahead of Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, Hamilton said: ‘I spent the summer break making sure I am in the best shape and now feel I am there for the second half of the season. It is not a concern for me.
‘I will continue to be focused on my health and work on getting stronger throughout the year.’
It is still to be finalised who will drive alongside Hamilton next year, though George Russell is favourite to win the seat over the incumbent Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton faces a battle to keep his bitter rival Max Verstappen at arms length this season
Russell said: ‘There have been discussions over the break. I trust Mercedes to look after my future, one way or the other.
‘Any driver wants to go against the best and Lewis is the greatest of all time.’
An announcement is expected in the first half of next month, around the Italian Grand Prix on September 12.
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