Lewis Hamilton says he is 100% fit ahead of this weekend’s United States Grand Prix, after opting to miss the Pirelli 2017 tyre test due to a foot injury.
The reigning world champion was scheduled for a two-day test with a 2015 ‘mule’ car to have his first run on Pirelli’s new rubber coming into the sport in 2017.
However, as Hamilton pulled up sore after a training session, the Briton chose to rest up ahead of next two rounds in America and Mexico.
“I am feeling 100%,” Hamilton said in Austin.
“I have been carrying an injury all year long in both feet induced by running. Unfortunately, the physio says it takes a long time to heal by stretching.
“On the day before I was in quite a lot of pain and the most important was to get it better for here and be fresh and this is actually the first week it has felt good.
Hamilton is currently 33 points adrift team mate Nico Rosberg in the drivers’ championship with four races remaining.
When asked how he would take losing to Rosberg in 2016 should the German win the championship, Hamilton said that he would “try and take it like a man”.
“You can’t win them all,” said Hamilton. “Look at all the world champions in the past who have won and lost championships, it is part of the game. I am in a position right now where there are still a lot of points available so I will give it everything I’ve got and believe anything is possible but then I will move on.
“Once it is decided and it happens all I can do is shape the future which is next year. Life will move on, we go into next season and hopefully come back stronger.”
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