Lewis Hamilton says he intends to return to racing at this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and has resumed his training programme after testing positive for Covid-19.
Hamilton missed last weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix after revealing his positive test, which occured on Monday 30th November, and has been isolating in Bahrain since.
He is the third F1 driver to have tested positive for Covid-19 this year, following Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll, both of whom had to miss races as a result. Hamilton has been described as having “mild symptoms” of the virus.
Posting to social media for the first time since he announced he would miss the Sakhir Grand Prix, Hamilton said he had returned to training after “one of the hardest weeks” he had experienced.
“I know I’ve not been in touch this past week,” said Hamilton, “it’s definitely been one of the hardest weeks that I’ve had for some time.
“I’ve just been focussing on recovery, trying to get back in shape so I can get back in the car and race the final race in Abu Dhabi. I woke up this morning feeling great and put my first work-out in so I just wanted to send you guys a message of positivity, let you know that I’m okay.”
Hamilton expressed gratitude to his fans for their support. “I thank every single one of you for sending me the amazing messages and videos and I really, really appreciate it.
“I hope that wherever you are you’re staying positive and fighting through whatever you’re facing. I hope that I can get in the car soon and am sending you love.”
Mercedes are yet to confirm whether Hamilton will return for this weekend’s race. George Russell substituted for him last weekend and Mercedes have said he will do so again in Abu Dhabi if Hamilton is unable to return.
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