Lewis Hamilton Discloses Major Health Scare Before His Qatar GP F1 Heroics

Published 11/20/2021, 11:02 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 20, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton is interviewed after finishing first place in qualifying REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Pool


The intense qualifying session is done and dusted with Lewis Hamilton taking pole position for the Qatar Grand Prix. However, it wasn’t a walk in the park for the 7-time world champion as he had difficulties but overcame them by working hard with his engineers.

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Hamilton wasn’t feeling well, but that didn’t stop him from pushing himself even harder with his Mercedes colleagues to get the results they wanted. And as fate would have it, he achieved provisional pole; beating his arch-rival, Max Verstappen.

Lewis Hamilton praises his engineers after an intense qualifying session

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This season, the Silver Arrows have had an extraordinary battle with Red Bull. Hence, they are pushing themselves to the limit to get great results, and at the Qatar Grand Prix, things weren’t so different. One of the problems that the Brackley-based squad had was that Hamilton wasn’t feeling well. Nevertheless, the Knight worked with his colleagues till midnight trying to get the maximum performance out of their car.

He said after the qualifying session, “Yesterday was a really difficult day for me actually. Thursday and Friday, I wasn’t feeling well. And so really struggled through practice & really dig deep and I was here till midnight working with the engineers who also work so late, & found a lot of areas to improve.”

Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 20, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates with the trophy on the podium after finishing first place in qualifying REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Pool

“I had a bit of stomach ache on Wednesday but slept really well last night. Being that its such a fast circuit. I don’t think for the little bit of experience we’ve had that its not the easiest track to follow and not massive difficult on graining. Could be a one or two,” Lewis explained.

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Can Lewis turn the tables in the championship fight?

After displaying an exceptional driver at the Brazilian Grand Prix, Hamilton has reduced the gap to just fourteen points in the title race against Verstappen.

Now having achieved pole position for Sunday’s race, Hamilton is hoping to steal the lead from the Red Bull prodigy this weekend. While on the other hand, the Dutch driver is hoping to bounce back after suffering a defeat at Interlagos, and further extending his lead in the driver’s championship.

Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 20, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during qualifying REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Pool

With three races remaining till the end of the season, what are your prediction for the next chapter in Hamilton – Verstappen rivalry? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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