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Lewis Hamilton virtually unable to stand on podium as Brit suffers ‘fatigue and dizziness’ after Hungarian GP heroics

LEWIS HAMILTON was virtually unable to stand on the podium after coming third in the Hungarian GP this afternoon.

But the Brit has moved to reassure fans that he is okay, despite feeling ‘fatigue and dizziness’.

Lewis Hamilton struggled to stand on the podium
The Brit wipes his face as he struggles with fatigue

He said after the race: “I’m okay. Had really big dizziness and everything got a bit blurry in the podium.

“I had been fighting all year really with the health, staying healthy after what happened at the end of last year (when he contracted Covid-19), and it is still a battle.”

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff added: “A race like that with the heat and tons of overtaking is exhausting.

“He should be all right but better to be safe than sorry.”

Hamilton, 36, battled back from the brink during a chaotic Hungarian GP to overtake a fuming Max Verstappen in the Driver Standings.

The seven-time champion was left largely unscathed, after team-mate Valtteri Bottas caused a huge crash that severely damaged Verstappen’s car.

But after requiring a pit stop that saw him fall from first to LAST place, Hamilton had to battle back himself in a pulsating race.

It had already been an eventful weekend for Hamilton, who was booed by fans at qualifying yesterday.

He showed his class today, however, powering through the field from last place to secure a podium finish.

Hamilton’s achievement, coupled with Verstappen slipping to tenth, saw the the reigning champ climb six points above the 23-year-old in the Driver Standings.

After the race, Verstappen fumed: “Again, taken out by a Mercedes!

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“That is not what you want. I was missing the whole side of my car and the floor was damaged, too, so it was impossible to drive.

“I tried my best. It is something but not what you want. It is just disappointing. We go again after the break and I will try my best and I hope my car is competitive.

“We have had a lot of freak moments which have cost us a lot of points. We will never give up, focus on ourselves and keep pushing.”

Hamilton celebrates his podium finish

Verstappen was left fuming after being a victim of the race’s chaotic crash

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