Exhausted Lewis Hamilton was 'struggling to stand' after British GP

Lewis Hamilton has revealed he was "struggling to stand" after the British Grand Prix because he was exhausted from his fight back to second following a first-lap spin

Exhausted Lewis Hamilton was 'struggling to stand' after British GP

A bad start dropped Hamilton to third and he was then hit by the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen at Turn 3, which dropped the Mercedes driver to 18th.

Hamilton recovered to second, aided by Mercedes' decision not to pit him for fresh tyres under a safety car to gain track position, but looked tense alongside Raikkonen while the top three waited to go onto the podium post-race.

Asked if it was because of the first-lap clash, Hamilton said: "Not at all. No.

"It's easy for you to sit and watch the race. I sweat my arse off in that race. I pushed absolutely 100%, 1000%.

"I gave every bit of energy I had, I didn't have anything left when I came in.

"People expect you to get out of the car and wave and smile and all that.

"I gave everything I could, I was struggling to stand. It's so physical nowadays.

"It's different when you're in the lead and can control the pace. I was coming from last.

"So, I didn't have much to give at that time and needed to take a deep breath.

"I don't have any problems with Kimi."

Hamilton claimed after the race on his Instagram account that he had "lost nearly 3kg" during the GP and was "exhausted both physically and emotionally".

While Hamilton felt drained post-race, his title rival and British GP winner Sebastian Vettel also appeared to have a physical scare on Saturday.

Vettel admitted he feared he would miss qualifying with a neck complaint, and though he went on to earn second on the grid he confessed to still being a little worried going into the race.

He ultimately required less headrest padding than in qualifying to manage the issue and ended up completing the GP without further concern.

"It felt good on the laps to the grid so I took some [padding] off," said Vettel.

"Qualifying wasn't very enjoyable, I did as little runs as possible and I had the padding just to support in the corners where I was resting my head.

"[In the race] it wasn't necessary, I had a good feeling and the race was no problem."

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