Hamilton takes off sick as allergy strikes 11 April, 2013 Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton cancelled his media engagements and returned to his hotel after being struck with an allergy at the Chinese Grand Prix on Thursday, which may be related to the notorious pollution in the area. A Mercedes team spokeswoman said the 2008 Formula One world champion, who moved from McLaren at the end of last season, would be back at the circuit for scheduled practice on Friday. Mercedes won in China last year with Germany’s Nico Rosberg, their first grand prix victory since they returned as a works team in 2010 after pulling out in 1955. (Reuters) Tweet Related NewsTech Talk: Mercedes new front wing and other trick bits spotted in ShanghaiHamilton: I just can’t believe how amazing the car is and how hard everyone has workedMercedes: The result looks easier than it actually wasMercedes: We had the pace to put both cars on the front rowMercedes: Both drivers are finding it tricky to get a good balance around this circuitRosberg to clear air with Hamilton over on track limits before Chinese Grand PrixHamilton: Great result for the team, very happy with the pointsMercedes: We’re all a little disappointedMercedes bosses at loggerheads over team ordersHamilton: I think I made the right choice McLarenfan Man up and get ready to drive Lew. grat He may have been allergic to all the questions about team orders, and whether he thinks Rosberg should win Sunday.