Hamilton resumes coaching after ‘one of many hardest weeks’ with COVID-19

Lewis Hamilton is hoping to recuperate from COVID-19 in time to race at this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after posting his first video message on Instagram since he began his isolation.

The seven-time world champion examined constructive for COVID-19 on Monday final week and missed final weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix whereas he remoted in Bahrain.

In an replace to his followers on Tuesday, he spoke about his struggle towards the coronavirus and revealed that he had accomplished his first exercise since growing signs.

He’s hoping to return to the cockpit of his Mercedes this weekend in Abu Dhabi for the final Formulation One race of the season.

“Hello everybody, I hope you are all properly,” he mentioned within the message. “I do know I’ve not been in contact this previous week, however it’s positively been one of many hardest weeks that I’ve had for a while.

“I’ve simply been specializing in recovering and making an attempt to get again in form so I can get again within the automotive and race within the last race in Abu Dhabi.

“I awoke at this time feeling nice and received my first exercise in, so I simply wished to ship you guys a message of positivity and allow you to know that I am OK. I need to thank each single certainly one of you for sending the wonderful messages and movies.

“I actually, actually respect it and I hope that wherever you might be you might be staying constructive and preventing way of no matter it’s that you’re dealing with. I hope that I can get again within the automotive quickly and, yeah, I am sending you guys love.”

Hamilton was changed Williams driver George Russell on the Sakhir Grand Prix, who stays on stand in case Hamilton is unable to race in Abu Dhabi.

“If Lewis recovers — and he is getting higher day-after-day — and he is thought-about COVID-free, destructive [test result], then he can be within the automotive,” Wolff confirmed on Sunday.

As a way to be declared match to return to the F1 paddock, Hamilton must return a destructive take a look at end result for COVID-19 according to the FIA’s testing procedures. He may even should adjust to authorities pointers in each Bahrain and Abu Dhabi as a way to journey from Bahrain to the United Arab Emirates and arrive on the observe.

“The principle half with all of this has at all times been complying with the respective governments’ legal guidelines and laws,” FIA race director Michael Masi mentioned.

“So it’s totally a lot a choice for a the Bahraini well being authorities to find out if Lewis is match and complies with their laws after which additional for the Abu Dhabi authorities to find out their standards. So it is successfully two authorities entities that decide entry standards.

“If he meets the entry criterias of the respective governments after which additional complies with the testing protocol from an FIA perspective — to check destructive previous to getting into the paddock — then there is not any issues from our perspective.”

As a way to enter Sunday’s race, he should additionally participate in both Saturday’s qualifying session or one of many three apply periods on Saturday and Friday.

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