Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has placed himself in self-isolation after coming in contact with people who tested positive for the coronavirus. Photo: Rick Rycroft/AP
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has placed himself in self-isolation after coming in contact with people who tested positive for the coronavirus. Photo: Rick Rycroft/AP

F1 champion Hamilton says he's self-isolating

By The Associated Press Time of article published Mar 21, 2020

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LONDON – Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says he has been self-isolating for more than a week after meeting people who later tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Hamilton was at a charity event in London on March 4 also attended by actor Idris Elba and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian prime minister. Both were later found to have the virus.

In a message on social media, Hamilton says he’s shown “zero symptoms” but has been isolating himself from other people ever since March 13, when the Australian Grand Prix was called off.

Hamilton said that “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.”

The current Formula One season was due to start in Australia last weekend, but that race, along with the Monaco Grand Prix, have now been cancelled due to the virus. The season is expected to get underway again in Azerbaijan on Jun 7. 

The Associated Press

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