Alonso surprised not to have been passed sooner by Hamilton

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Alonso surprised not to have been passed sooner by Hamilton

Fernando Alonso put up a staunch defense against Lewis Hamilton for the better part of ten laps in the latter part of the Hungarian Grand Prix, but the Spaniard believes the Mercedes driver should have passed him much earlier.

While his Alpine teammate Esteban Ocon led Sunday's proceedings, Alonso progressed up to fourth with just over 20 laps to go.

However, a fast-moving Hamilton storming through the field caught up with the Spaniard.

Aware that a strong resistance would only increase Ocon's chances of success, Alonso put in an extra effort to keep Hamilton at bay, a display that earned the Alpine charger the 'Driver of the Day' vote from F1's fans.

"I didn't know that probably that was enough to hold the victory for Esteban but anyway it was ten laps from the end, we tried to hold the position but eventually it was not possible.

"Lewis had an amazing pace in the last couple of laps, it was not enough."

Alonso reckoned that Hamilton's superior speed should have allowed the Mercedes to swiftly overtake the Alpine on the run down to Turn 1.

But Alonso reckoned that the Briton's lines through the last two corners were not allowing him to set up an overtaking opportunity at the end of the main straight.

"Honestly, I think that Lewis was making a small mistake in the last two corners, that's my honest opinion," he said.

"Because he had so much pace, you can't take eight laps to pass with that pace advantage.

"And in fact, after changing a few lines, he could pass Carlos [Sainz] immediately one lap after. It was not difficult to pass, but it took him four or fiver laps to figure it out, that's my opinion."

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While he was happy to score another solid bag of points for his team, Alonso hoped that he would luck in to a podium at some point.

But in the end, the Spaniard was delighted with his teammate's win, having greeted Ocon in parc fermé and rejoiced with the first-time Grand Prix winner.

"I'm super super happy," said Alonso. "Not only for Esteban because it's a day that he will never forget - you know he's first win - but for the guys, you know all the people in Enstone, in Viry, working flat out, and the results are not easy to come.

"We are in a very tough and competitive environment in F1, so to have this kind of result is a motivation for everybody."

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Hamilton reveals Long COVID concern after dizzy spell

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Hamilton reveals Long COVID concern after dizzy spell

lewis Hamilton has revealed concerns that he might be suffering from Long COVID ater suffering from dizziness and blurred vision following the end of a gruelling Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Hamilton looked visibly exhausted after having to fight back from the rear of the field to salvage third place in the race.

He was then late to the official post-race FIA press conference, and revealed to reporters that he had been consulting with the Mercedes team doctor after feeling unwell during the post-race presentation.

"I had really big dizziness and everything got a bit blurry on the podium," he said. "Maybe it's hydration, but I've definitely not had that experience. I had something similar in Silverstone but this is way worse."

He added that he was "just so exhausted afterwards” and that it was “one of the weirdest experiences I’ve had on the podium”.

Hamilton suggested that it might be lasting effects from his bout with coronavirus which forced him to miss the Sakhir Grand Prix last December.

After testing positive for COVID-19 before the race, Hamilton was substituted by Williams' George Russell. Although he was back in action for the season finale in Abu Dhabi, he now wonders whether he's fully recovered.

"I have been fighting all year with my health after what happened at the end of last year, and it is still a battle," he revealed. "I haven't spoken to anyone particularly about it but I think it is lingering.

"I remember the effects when I had it. The training has been different since then and the levels of fatigue you get are different," he added. "It's a real challenge."

Hamilton said that he was "just continuing to try and train and prepare the best way I can. Who knows what it is today?"

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff confirmed that Hamilton had seen the doctor but played down any wider concerns with the seven-time world champion's health.

"I think you can just relate to it with the heat out there and a race like he had with tonnes of overtaking," he commented. "That is exhausting.

"I think he should be alright, but better to be safe than sorry."

Race winner Esteban Ocon said that today's race had been an exceptionally gruelling one, regardless of whether Hamilton was indeed suffering from COVID after-effects.

“This track with the heat, the humidity, the corners and you get the combination, you don’t have a breather here," said the French driver. "You need to really fight the car until the end.

“I feel flat, I feel completely dead as well," he admitted. "So it’s not that Lewis has a certain issue or not, but I tell you - I will have a good sleep tonight!”

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