Hamilton the hermit as Mercedes report one other COVID constructive


Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas should stay ‘like hermits’ to cut back the danger of COVID-19 infecting their System One title battle, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff mentioned on Friday after the group reported a second constructive take a look at end result.

A Mercedes spokesman mentioned your entire group had been examined once more after the primary constructive confirmed up on Thursday forward of the weekend’s Eifel Grand Prix at Germany’s Nuerburgring circuit.

A type of additionally confirmed up constructive and one other was inconclusive, he added.

4 additional group members, who all examined unfavourable, have been then remoted according to the game’s protocols whereas six replacements have been flown in from England.

“Each lack of an essential member within the storage impacts the race however I feel we have got it below management,” Wolff instructed reporters.

The Austrian mentioned each precaution was being taken to defend six-times world champion Hamilton and Bottas, who’s 44 factors behind the Briton after 10 races, on the racetrack and elsewhere.

“The drivers are essentially the most restricted of the entire group, of the entire group,” mentioned Wolff.

“It is definitely not an ideal state of affairs for them since you nearly must stay like a hermit and that is what they’re doing.

“They’re at house, they aren’t going out for dinners, they aren’t assembly every other individuals. Throughout the group once we do the debriefs by Zoom or Microsoft Groups, they aren’t sitting with the engineers within the room.

“They’re sitting in their very own rooms and we’re avoiding as a lot as potential any private contact with them. It is actually getting into the automotive and driving the automotive and retaining their distance.”

Racing Level’s Sergio Perez missed two races in August after contracting the virus, the Mexican nonetheless the one driver to have examined constructive, and the implications for the highest two are probably large.

Hamilton is on the point of a record-equalling 91st profession win this weekend and properly on the way in which to matching Michael Schumacher’s seven titles.

The season ends with a triple header in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi and Wolff acknowledged lacking any race, or two, could be a crucial blow.

“Sadly for them they should stay a life that could be a bit secluded however we predict the choices we have now taken are good to guard them,” he mentioned of the drivers.