Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton has spoken to fans in a short video message from Hungary, after the British driver required checks from the team's doctor after storming through to finish third in Budapest.
Hamilton could be seen visually struggling for composure on the podium after the race, and appeared extremely exhausted while speaking to the media. He initially wasn't able to take part in his media duties but, after a check-up from the team's doctors, was able to join the media to discuss his race.
"Hi guys, I just wanted to send you a message," Hamilton said in the short video from Mercedes.
"I'm doing good, Ihad a lot of shortness of breath earlier and massively fatigued. I gave it everything I could out there today. And it's been a definitely a difficult day.
"But what a great result for Esteban and Sebastian, really, really happy and proud of the great work they've done and all the team and to all the fans that came out here this weekend. Thank you so much for your support. Have a good summer break, stay safe, and we'll see you soon."
Hamilton contracted COVID-19 at the tail end of the 2020 season, which forced him to sit out the Sakhir Grand Prix. The reigning Champion suspects the lingering effects of the virus are still there, affecting him on occasions of particularly high levels of exertion.
"I haven’t spoken to anyone particularly about it but I think it is lingering," Hamilton told media, including RacingNews365, after the race.
"I remember the effects of when I had it and training’s been different since then and the levels of fatigue that you get is different and it’s a real challenge, as I said. Just continue to try and train and prepare the best way I can. Yeah.
"Today, I think, as well as yesterday, maybe it’s hydration. I don’t know but I’ve definitely not had that experience. I had that something similar in Silverstone but this is way worse."
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