Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton grateful for coronavirus experience

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Lewis Hamilton described the coronavirus as an “experience” after returning to his Mercedes car at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the end of the season.

Hamilton missed last weekend’s race in Bahrain after signing the Covid-19 deal, but Yas Mariner tested negative on Wednesday to take time in the competition.

The world champion said, “It’s not something I really want to go deep into.” “Of course it was an experience.

“I’m happy to be back and grateful to be back with the team.”

“It’s good to see him healthy and back. You don’t want anyone to have the virus and it probably wasn’t mild,” said Valteri Botas, a Hamilton teammate who was the fastest under second practice on Friday.

Hamilton said he missed “doing what I love” and he saw “something” at the Sakhi Grand Prix, where his role was played by George Russell Mercedes and was deprived of a debut with only a pit-stop. Mix and puncture.

Hamilton said it took him most of his time to feel comfortable in the car again.

The seven-time champion said, “It took a good session to get back into the stream, even though it was so short time not to be in the car.” “But we have passed all the necessary programs and [will] Work hard for tomorrow night.

“The car wasn’t exactly the same when I parked it. The balance wasn’t the same but I’m going back to where I felt comfortable with it.”

Hamilton finished the day slower than Boltas by 0.203 seconds, as both Mercedes drivers set themselves up for their fastest time on the medium-tire compound.

In contrast to Botas, Hamilton set a quick lap on the soft, which should have been a better pace in a lap, but his time was eliminated to cross the track limit in the final corner.

That time was 0.2 seconds faster than Botas’ pace setting mark. After the session, he was ahead of Botas by an average of their race-simulation runs, both using 2021 Test tires provided by Mercedes driver Pirelli.

Red Bulls Max Verstappen was third, his best time was also on medium tires.

Sergio Perez, the driver of Racing Point, stopped Verstapen in his soft-tire lap and said the tire was good for me.

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But Bottas says he has struggled to make soft work effective.

“The soft was hard,” Finn said. “I didn’t really get them in the window in the first lap and then in the second lap they were blowing so hot. The medium felt like a better tire which it shouldn’t be.”

Behind the top three as usual, Red Bull’s Alexander Albon was fourth ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris.

Drivers from sixth to ninth – Renault’s Esteban Oakon, Racing Point’s Perez, Ferrari’s Charles Lekhark and Renault’s Daniel Ricardo – were separated by just 0.003ses.

Oken was 0.001 sex faster than Perez, who was 0.002 sex ahead of Lakelark and Ricciardo, who set exactly the same time.

The lack of momentum in the soft tires suggests that the top teams may be more determined than the recent nations to try to do it through the second selection session in the medium so that they can start competing for it.

Kimi Rকikkেনnen of Alfa Romeo falls into the fire of a large engine that carries the red flag for a few minutes in the middle of the race.

And both Perez and Kevin Magnusen will have to start from the back of their racing points and behind the grid of hash cars after exceeding the allowed number of engine persons for their machines.

Russell, who conducted Media Day as a Mercedes driver before officially clearing the race for Hamilton on Thursday, was the 18th fastest to return to Williams.

He had trouble with the MGU, part of the engine’s hybrid system, and missed the last part of the session.

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