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Damon Hill on Lewis Hamilton long Covid fears amid F1 star’s recent struggles

The racing legend has expressed concerns that Hamilton is suffering badly from the effects of long Covid after the reigning F1 champion looked exhausted in Hungary

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British F1 legend Damon Hill has spoken about his worries for current champion Lewis Hamilton after the star was clearly pushed to the brink by his efforts at the Hungarian Grand Prix. After the race, Hamilton struggled to summon the energy to step onto the podium after recovering from being last to finish in second.

Hill was speaking on the F1 Nation podcast after observing that Hamilton was clearly not right. He said: “He was definitely out of energy. He had burned it all up and I just hope and wish him well that he has got the ability to recover as soon as he can.

“This long Covid we have heard about… I have heard people talk about this and they have had Covid and a year later they still feel they are not 100 per cent. It is a nasty virus and let’s hope Lewis can get a full recovery from it.



Damon Hill fears that Lewis Hamilton is suffering from the effects of long Covid
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“He was tired after British Grand Prix, do you remember he was on the podium looking a bit puffed?

“We thought that was because he had to battle through and it was a tough track but clearly, he has admitted he has not managed to get back his full fitness after getting Covid last year in Bahrain.”









Hamilton has admitted to feeling dizzy, short of breath and exceptionally tired- all three of which are giveaway symptoms of long Covid. He is using the three-week summer break in F1 to take some time away from his usual gruelling training programme and attempt to recover properly from the debilitating condition.

The F1 season is finely poised with Hamilton and his championship rival Max Verstappen locked into a battle which looks set to last the full season. Hamilton’s second place finish at the Hungaroring leaves him eight points clear of the Dutchman, who had been 32 points clear just two races ago.

Tensions between Hamilton’s Mercedes team and Verstappen’s Red Bull have reached boiling point after the now infamous crash between the pair at Silverstone and Valtteri Bottas’ error in Hungary, which caused severe damage to Verstappen’s car and left him unable to compete for the podium.

F1 returns on August 27 with the Belgian Grand Prix.












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