Lewis Hamilton suffering from a fever but still ready to take part in Brazil GP

Published: Wednesday 11th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Lewis Hamilton will be fit to contest this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix despite suffering from a fever.

The newly-crowned triple world champion travelled to Sao Paulo on Wednesday – a day later than planned – on medical advice.

Hamilton was forced to cancel a sponsors’ event leading to reports locally that his participation at the penultimate race of the campaign was under threat.

But a Mercedes spokesperson has confirmed Hamilton, who sealed his third world championship at the United States Grand Prix last month, will race on Sunday.

Earlier this week, the 30-year-old said a win in Brazil would be a ‘salute’ to Ayrton Senna. Hamilton has never won at the Interlagos track in eight previous attempts.

He finished second behind team-mate Nico Rosberg last year, while he was vying for the lead with Nico Hulkenberg in his final race with McLaren in 2012 before a race-ending collision.

But the Briton is hopeful of ending his winless streak at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday.

“This was the home race for Ayrton, so it was a dream of mine to race in Sao Paulo when I was younger and I always feel his presence when I’m there,” said Hamilton, who has spoken of ‘carrying the baton’ for the Brazilian after surpassing his number of career wins and emulating him with a hat-trick of titles.

“He was such a huge hero in Brazil and it’s humbling that I always get such a warm response there. It’s amazing to think that it took Ayrton eight attempts to win this race and it’s one of the few I haven’t yet won myself.

“If I can change that this weekend it would be a salute to him and another highlight to add to this amazing year, so I’ll be going all out to make that happen.”

Published: Wednesday 11th November 2015 by The News Editor

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