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FIT FOR F1: How drivers stay healthy during the season

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 25: George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes looks

At the 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, after claiming his second top-three finish of the season, George Russell, looking visibly weary, walked onto the podium above the track and proceeded to splutter and cough his way through the prize-giving ceremony.

“I’ve been really ill the last two weeks,” he confessed in the post-race press conference. “Firstly, in [Las] Vegas with a big fever. I couldn't sleep and just felt awful. And then I've had a horrendous cough that’s stayed with me all week. In the car I was coughing every single lap but when you're strapped into the car, you can't breathe. You can't take a deep breath in to get the cough out, so it was just constantly with me. It was pretty, pretty miserable.”

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