Lewis Hamilton insists he is in good shape for the Brazilian Grand Prix, despite the fever and car crash that forced him to delay his travel.
Hamilton was ill at the start of the week, and then suffered a car crash in Monaco on Monday night when he damaged his Pagani Zonda in an accident in Monaco.
Although declining to speak about the specifics of the accident, Hamilton said there were no after-effects and he was nearly back to his best.
"I feel good," he said. "I'm on the up slope – and a lot closer to 100 per cent."
Hamilton said that he was struck down ill after a hectic schedule in Mexico was compounded by the 60th birthday celebrations for his mum Carmen in London last week.
"Basically I had gone to Mexico on the Wednesday, worked all day Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday," he said.
"And then I had my mum's party and that killed me! That was pretty amazing, but I really felt it on Sunday and Monday."
Hamilton said that despite his difficult build-up to the week, he was eager to get on with the grand prix as he sets sights on delivering a win on hero Ayrton Senna's home ground.
"I am excited to be here," he said. "This is a race that Ayrton struggled at for some time before he finally got his win, and this is a race I have not won out of all the tries I've had.
"So I am really exited to be here and glad we have got races to go. But then the end of the season comes and you have a long, long wait until you get back in the car, so I am cherishing the moment I get back in the car still."
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