Lewis Hamilton reveals he has contracted COVID-19.
Tuesday on Instagram, the British race car driver released a statement confirming he tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday after waking up with “mild symptoms.”
The 35-year-old also noted that prior to his positive test, he took three tests this past week, all of which came back negative.
“Hi guys, I’m devastated that I won’t be racing this weekend [at the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain]. Since we started the season in June, my team and I have been taking all the precautions we possibly can and following the regulations everywhere we’ve been in order to stay safe,” he wrote.
“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’ve immediately gone into self-isolation for ten days.”
News of Hamilton’s diagnosis was released in a statement late Monday:
In accordance with COVID-19 protocols and public health authority guidelines in Bahrain he is now isolating. All contacts have been declared. The procedures set out by the FIA and Formula 1 will ensure no wider impact on this weekend’s event.— F1 Media (@F1Media) December 1, 2020
On Tuesday, Hamilton’s Mercedes team released another statement obtained by CNN where they gave an update on his health.
“He is otherwise fit and well, and the entire team sends him its very best wishes for a swift recovery,” they said.
On Sunday, Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Per CNN, Mercedes said a replacement driver for this weekend’s competition will be announced soon.
We at “The Real” would like to wish Lewis a swift and speedy recovery.