World champion Hamilton self-isolating as precaution

World champion Hamilton self-isolating as precaution

Six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says he is self-isolating but will not get tested for coronavirus as others need attention more than him.

Lewis Hamilton Japan GP
Photo: AFP Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after his victory in the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka on October 7, 2018.

The 35-year-old Briton said he decided to self-isolate because he had been at the same function in London that actor Idris Elba and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau attended earlier this month.

Elba and Gregoire-Trudeau subsequently both tested positive for COVID-19.


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On Monday, Idris Elba (47) announced on Twitter that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Elba posted a video and told everyone that he feels okay. The star sat next to his wife Sabrina to give fans an update on his condition.

"I want to let you know that I am doing well," Hamilton said in a statement. "There has been speculation about my health, after I was at an event where two people later tested positive for coronavirus.

"I have zero symptoms and it has now been 17 days since I saw Sophie and Idris. I have been in touch with Idris and happy to hear he is OK.

"I did speak to my doctor and double checked if I needed to take a test but the truth is, there is a limited amount of tests available and there are people who need it more than I do, especially when I wasn't showing any symptoms at all."

Hamilton has been in isolation since last Friday. 

The start of the Formula One season has been wiped away by the pandemic with races in Australia, Bahrain, Vietnam, China, Netherlands and Spain shelved and the iconic Riviera showpiece in Monaco cancelled.


Australian GP scrapped as coronavirus causes havoc with world sport

Sunday's race in Melbourne had already been thrown thrown into chaos on Thursday when McLaren pulled out after one of its team members tested positive for the virus. The Australian Grand Prix Corporation said in a statement it was advised by F1 of their intention to not hold the race, and therefore cancelled the race "immediately".

A season which should have started in Melbourne on March 14 will now not start until Azerbaijan on June 7 at the earliest.

Formula One's British-based teams are also hoping to contribute away from the track.

They are working on a plan to manufacture medical equipment needed to fight the coronavirus which up to Friday night had claimed 177 victims in the United Kingdom with the numbers infected set to top 4,000.

The British government and health authorities need more ventilators in intensive care units to deal with respiratory problems caused by the illness.

Formula One teams have engineering capabilities that could speed up the production of the units.

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