F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, on Friday expressed delight to be back in action after recovery from COVID-19.
The seven-time champion had missed last weekend’s action-packed Sakhir Grand Prix due to a bout of COVID-19.
Hamilton was on Friday the second-fastest for Mercedes behind his team-mate Valtteri Bottas in practice for this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
He admitted that he needed a few laps to settle in again.
Hamilton said: “I was very happy and grateful to be back out there and to finish the season feeling strong.
“I felt super-excited like it was my first day back at school.
“It took a while in the first session to get used to it again, but the second was better so not too bad overall… We got most of our stuff done.”
He added that it had been a “bit of a messy day with a lot going on, but we came through it like we always do.”