HOCKENHEIM – Lewis Hamilton went from poorly to pole at the German Grand Prix on Saturday, revealing afterwards that Mercedes had put French reserve Esteban Ocon on standby to replace him in case he felt too unwell to drive.
The Briton, on his way to a sixth Formula One title having won seven of the season’s 10 races, said he had been nursing a sore throat.
"I wasn’t feeling good this morning," he told reporters immediately after qualifying.
"A bit of a sore throat; we just prepped in case I wasn’t going to be able to do the session.
"I did the practice and we were prepared to be able to put the second driver in, worst-case scenario. I got through it good."