Lewis Hamilton is hoping to get better 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 in opposition to 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 Method One race of the season.
“Hello everybody, I hope you are all effectively,” he mentioned within the message. “I do know I’ve not been in contact this previous week, however it’s undoubtedly been one of many hardest weeks that I’ve had for a while.
“I’ve simply been specializing in recovering and attempting to get again in form so I can get again within the automotive and race within the ultimate race in Abu Dhabi.
“I awoke at this time feeling nice and obtained 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 wish to thank each single considered one of you for sending the superb messages and movies.
“I actually, actually admire it and I hope that wherever you might be you might be staying constructive and preventing by 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 by Williams driver George Russell on the Sakhir Grand Prix, who stays on standby in case Hamilton is unable to race in Abu Dhabi.
“If Lewis recovers — and he is getting higher every single day — and he is thought of COVID-free, unfavourable [test result], then he will probably 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 unfavourable check consequence for COVID-19 according to the FIA’s testing procedures. He may also should adjust to authorities pointers in each Bahrain and Abu Dhabi with a view to journey from Bahrain to the United Arab Emirates and arrive on the observe.
“The principle half with all of this has all the time been complying with the respective governments’ legal guidelines and rules,” FIA race director Michael Masi mentioned.
“So it is very a lot a choice for a the Bahraini well being authorities to find out if Lewis is match and complies with their rules 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 unfavourable previous to coming into the paddock — then there is no 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 follow classes on Saturday and Friday.