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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Grid penalties for Bottas and Stroll, reprimands for others

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Grid penalties for Bottas and Stroll, reprimands for others

Valtteri Bottas and Lance Stroll have both been given five-place grid penalties for the next race in Belgium as a result of the chaotic start to this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.

Bottas suffered a poor start and then braked too late into the first corner, the mercedes running into the side of Lando Norris' McLaren and pushing it into Max Verstappen whose Red Bull team mate Sergio Perez was also taken out.

“Immediately after the start, in the braking zone to turn 1, car 77 collided with the rear of car 4,” and official statement from the stewards said.

"The stewards took into consideration the track conditions however the driver of car 77 was fully to blame for the collision.”

As well as a five place drop in Spa, Bottas has also received two penalty points on his F1 superlicence.

"I had a poor start," the Finn said later. "Wheel spin off the line, and lost places, and then braking into first corner I was right in the gearbox of Lando.

"I just locked the wheels so probably being that close didn’t calculate quite right the braking point, locked two wheels, hit him, and then it was a mess.”

Aston Martin's Lance Stroll also received a five place grid drop and two penalty points for a separate incident in which he out-braked himself down the inside into the same corner into Charles Leclerc, and tipping Daniel Ricciardo into a spin.

They weren't the only drivers making a visit to the stewards office after the end of a wet and wild race.

Race winner Esteban Ocon was called to explain a breach of post-race procedure, after failing to return his car to parc ferme and leaving it parked at the end of pit lane.

"Post-race procedure requires drivers who finish the race in the top three positions to return to pit lane and stop at the boards showing their positions," the stewards said.

"Ocon, who finished in 1st place, failed to do so and parked his car on the track near the end of the pit lane.

"[He] explained that he missed the pit entry and figured that the best place to stop would be close to the pit exit. He apologised and confirmed to be more careful next time."

The stewards said that it was not a breach of parc ferme regulations and accordingly issued a non-driving reprimand to the Frenchman.

Meanwhile second-place Sebastian Vettel was handed a reprimand for not removing his rainbow T-shirt before the national anthem during the pre-race ceremonies.

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Aston Martin F1 Team on the grid. 01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest

“They can disqualify me. They can do what they want. I’d do it again," a defiant Vettel told Sky Sports f1 in advance of the stewards' decision.

Fortunately the stewards took an understanding line. “The driver explained that he forgot to take off the WRAO [We Race As One] T-shirt in time during the national anthem because of the onset of rain."

There were also reprimands for similar infractions by Stroll, Bottas and Ferrari's Carlos Sainz.

Vettel is also under investigation for a significantly more serious issue, because his car reportedly didn’t have enough fuel remaining after the finish to provide the requisite post-race sample.

F1 technical regulations state: “Competitors must ensure that a one-litre sample of fuel may be taken from the car at any time during the event" but only 300ml could be retrieved.

It could mean that Vettel is disqualified from the race which would promote Lewis Hamilton to second place and Sainz onto the podium in third.

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