“That was a really hard race for me physically”- Lewis Hamilton confessed that the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was tough for him because of COVID-19.
Lewis Hamilton had a comparatively a tough race in Abu Dhabi, where he and his teammate had to concede to Max Verstappen’s pace on Red Bull, keeping him at the third place, not a single gain in positions from the grid start.
Speaking about the race, Hamilton said that the recovery from Coronavirus took a toll on him physically and he still not feel at his best and would be requiring more time.
“You can’t win them all. Considering the past couple of weeks I’ve had I really am generally happy with the weekend. It’s obviously not 100 per cent and not as good perhaps as we would like, but congratulations to Max.” he said to the Skysports after the race.
That was a really hard race for me physically. All the year physically I’ve been fine but today I definitely wasn’t. I’m just glad it’s over and a big, big thank you to the team for their continued support. It’s still a fantastic result to get two podium finishes for us.”
Red Bull was too quick
It was Hamilton not alone, who believed that Red Bull was exceptional at Yas Marina Circuit, as his teammate Bottas also shared the same belief.
“Red Bull was too quick today – surprisingly quick. We thought race pace would be identical today. I was trying everything I could, but couldn’t keep up with them.
— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) December 13, 2020
This was Verstappen’s second win of the season, which now keeps him at the third position at the end of the championship table, while both Mercedes driver reserving the top-2 spots, Hamilton winning the Championship title.