Mercedes positive virus test ‘a concern’ for Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton (Bryn Lennon / Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton (Bryn Lennon / Getty Footage)

Formulation One championship chief Lewis Hamilton acknowledged on Thursday it’s “undoubtedly a priority” that Mercedes have confirmed a member of the group has examined constructive for coronavirus.

The six-time world champion, bidding to equal Michael Schumacher’s report of 91 race wins at this weekend’s Eifel Grand Prix, warned it proved the hazard from Covid-19 had not diminished.

“Naturally it is unhappy to take heed to for the blokes that work so onerous,” acknowledged Hamilton.

“We’ve acquired now clearly had this week in between and the blokes work so onerous to remain protected and be proper appropriate correct proper right here on the weekend.

“So, it is undoubtedly a priority. It is clearly essential for everybody throughout on the earth to be repeatedly reminded that this concern has not disappeared. It is nonetheless proper appropriate correct proper right here. We nonetheless have to check out protocols, to positioned on a masks, to take care of our fingers clear and to take care of our distances.”

The Mercedes constructive case is the primary involving a Formulation One group member since Racing Stage driver Sergio Perez was examined constructive after travelling dwelling to Mexico sooner than the British Grand Prix in July. He missed two races.

Each Mercedes drivers acknowledged they’d been assured the group would cope and rally collectively in response to the information.

“I am unable to say what it must do to the weekend. We’ve acquired bought fairly a couple of good individuals inside our group and it is not nearly one specific explicit individual,” Britain’s Hamilton acknowledged.

“So we’ll try to make him proud this weekend. It is merely going to take a specific type of labor — fairly a couple of work to ensure we proceed on with none disturbances,” he added.

Group-mate Valtteri Bottas, winner of the Russian race two weeks beforehand, acknowledged: “As a driver, the very ultimate challenge you need is to get it — it would undoubtedly stage out lacking a minimal of 1 race, presumably far more, and now now now we have now had one event of that already.

“In any case, it is about being as cautious as you presumably can, following the protocols, attempting to be intelligent, and staying contained throughout the bubble.”

He added he had full notion in Mercedes “dealing with the entire gadgets, following the entire protocols and doing the entire gadgets we’re able to to ensure it stops there with that one case. So, I’ve the entire notion in them.”

Hamilton leads Bottas by 44 parts contained throughout the drivers’ championship after worthwhile six out of 10 races this season.

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