Information Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Dec. 2, 2020: Reigning world champion, Caribbean roots Lewis Hamilton, has examined optimistic for COVID-19, sooner or later after profitable the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The 35-year-old Brit, whose paternal grandparents are Grenadian, skilled gentle signs on Monday and subsequently returned two optimistic checks for the viral sickness. Hamilton, who wrapped up a document equaling seventh world title with victory finally month’s Turkish Grand Prix, is now self-isolating and can miss this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix.
“I’m devastated that I received’t be racing this weekend,” Hamilton mentioned in a social media publish.
“Since we began the season in June, my staff and I’ve been taking all of the precautions we presumably can and following the rules in every single place we’ve been to be able to keep protected.
“Sadly despite the fact that I returned three damaging outcomes this previous week I wakened yesterday morning with gentle signs and requested one other check which got here again optimistic. I’ve instantly gone into self-isolation for 10 days.”
He continued: “I’m gutted not to have the ability to race this weekend however my precedence is to observe the protocols and recommendation to guard others. I’m actually fortunate that I really feel OK with solely gentle signs and can do my greatest to remain match and wholesome.
“Please take care of yourselves on the market, you possibly can by no means be too cautious. These are worrying instances for everybody and we’d like to ensure we’re taking care of ourselves and one another. Keep optimistic.”
Hamilton has picked up 11 wins in 15 outings this season, amassing 332 factors to take an unassailable lead within the championship, being performed out amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
His Finnish Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, who has received twice, lies second on 201 factors with Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen 12 factors additional behind in third.
Mercedes have but to announce Hamilton’s alternative for this weekend’s race however media hypothesis right here suggests Williams driver George Russell might fill in, with Mercedes already making an strategy to the British staff.
Mercedes reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne will step in if the transfer for Russell fails to materialize.