Lewis Hamilton has revealed that a neck spasm seriously hindered his performance in the Valencia Grand Prix.
The British driver was beaten into second place by Felipe Massa but many of those behind the scenes think it was a miracle that he managed to make the starting line at all, let alone finish on the podium.
Hamilton woke up before 5am on race day with the spasm.
He said: "It was so bad I was struggling to stand up and so I had to have injections in my neck and take plenty of painkillers. Pedro [de la Rosa]was looking forward to racing!
"Fortunately, I’ve got a great doctor who was with me whole way through it. It was probably something to do with my pillow, the way I was sleeping."
He is unlikely to be sleeping very well at the moment now that his lead in the drivers’ championship has been cut to just six points.
The McLaren man will be hoping that his injury problems will go away as title rivals such as Massa and third-placed Kimi Raikkonen could ensure that there is a neck and neck finish to the season.