Lewis Hamilton Reveals Long-Term Health Complications After Getting Covid Last Year: “I Feel Like I’m Finally Getting Rid of It”

Published 11/24/2021, 4:52 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton before the race Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


Lewis Hamilton has more than just the championship battle to worry about. The race in Hungary was when Hamilton confessed to still feeling the repercussions after he was diagnosed with Covid last season. Now, in a better shape, Hamilton reveals the struggles of his battle with Covid.

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After the summer break, the champion was refreshed and ready for battle. Hamilton explained why: “The first half of the season was one of the toughest I’ve ever experienced. I can tell more about it in the future, but now I finally feel better again.”

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Third placed Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes celebrates on the podium after the race REUTERS/Florion Goga

 However, it wasn’t an easy road to recovery. “I really had to fight my way. I focused on the recovery program and training, used breathing techniques, and ran almost every day.” As a result, the second half of the season was stronger for the driver. “Thanks to the more intensive training, I no longer had any problems in the hotter races after the summer break. I am grateful for that. I feel like I’m finally getting rid of it.”

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Despite his trials, Hamilton has emerged as strong as ever. Now, with a couple of wins in his pocket and a title within reach, Hamilton had summarized the feeling in Qatar. “The feeling feels good. I’m really, really happy with the car. I feel fit. Fitter than I’ve ever felt, so that’s a positive.”

Lewis Hamilton and Angella Cullen work hard on recovery

In his post-race interview at Qatar, Hamilton also gave a shout-out to his trainer and best friend, Angella Cullen. Cullen has played a crucial role in bringing the champion back in shape. With running around the city on off-days and even cryotherapy, much of Hamilton’s success is credited to her.

With the physical and mental stresses of this extensive season, it has been important to keep the drivers fit. Without Cullen, Hamilton would have a difficult time navigating through the season. He even described her as “one of the greatest things that’s happened to me in my life”.

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Lewis Hamilton had also added, “We are also the closest of friends so I am very, very lucky to have found Angela because she is a very special human being.” 

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates with a team member after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov

As the perfect match to Hamilton, the duo is incredibly close. “We love our job, we love doing what we do and we love doing it together. I am incredibly grateful to have her on the road with me. I don’t think I could do it without her.”

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With the end of the season bringing added pressure in a tight championship battle, Hamilton needs to be in perfect shape to raise a historic championship trophy over his head.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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