Covid-19 Case Hamilton 'devastated' To Miss Sakhir Grand Prix
Sakhir, Bahrain, Dec 1 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 1st Dec, 2020 ) :World champion Lewis Hamilton said he was devastated to miss this weekend's Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain having tested positive for coronavirus.
"I am devastated that I won't be racing this weekend," he said in a statement.
"Unfortunately, even though I returned three negative results this past week, I woke up yesterday morning with mild symptoms and requested another test which came back positive.
"I am really lucky that I feel OK with only mild symptoms and will do my best to stay fit and healthy." Hamilton, 35, sealed his seventh title in Turkey two races ago to equal the all-time record of Michael Schumacher.
He then cruised to his 11th win this year and record-increasing 95th victory on Sunday in a race overshadowed by Romain Grosjean's horrific crash, which left the Frenchman receiving hospital treatment for burns after his car exploded in flames after ploughing into a barrier.
Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas were having to "live like hermits" earlier this season to avoid Covid-19, revealed Mercedes boss Toto Wolff after the team recorded two positive cases at the Eifel Grand Prix in Germany in October.
Wolff said both drivers were confined to their rooms. "They are the most restricted of the whole group, of the whole team," he said.
"It's certainly not a great situation for them because you need almost to live like a hermit -- and that is what they are doing.
"They are at home, they are not going out for dinners and they are not meeting other people. When we do de-briefs, by Zoom or microsoft Teams, they are not sitting with their engineers in the room."