LEWIS HAMILTON has revealed he’s endured the ‘hardest week in some time’ after testing positive for coronavirus.
The seven-time F1 world champion, 35, missed the Sakhir GP after being hit hard by the virus.
Hamilton has now opened up on his horror week and revealed he hopes to be fit and well for the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi this weekend.
In a video on his social media, Hamilton said: “Hi everyone, I hope you’re all well.
“I know I’ve not been in touch much this week but it’s definitely been one of the hardest weeks that I’ve had for some time.
“I’ve just been focusing on recovering and trying to get back in shape so I can get back in the car and race… the final race in Abu Dhabi.
“I woke up today feeling great and I got my first workout in…
“So I just wanted to send you guys a message of positivity and let you know I’m OK.
“[I want to] thank every, single one of you for sending me the amazing messages and videos.
“I really, really appreciate it.
“I hope that wherever you are you’re staying positive and fighting through whatever it is that you’re facing.
“I hope that I can get back in the car soon.
“Sending you guys love.”
Last week, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff revealed Hamilton was ‘not great’ after missing his first race since 2007 as he was forced to self-isolate.
George Russell took Hamilton’s seat for the Sakhir GP – and was on course to win before what Wolff called a ‘colossal f***-up’.
But Russell will likely be dropped again with Hamilton seemingly fit and ready to partner Valtteri Bottas in Abu Dhabi – the final race of 2020.
However, eagle-eyed fans reckon Russell could pinch Bottas’ seat for 2021 after the Finn removed all mention of Mercedes from his Instagram bio.
Russell, meanwhile, removed all mention of Williams – having spent 2020 on loan at the team before being recalled for Sakhir.