AGENCIES, London: British F1 driver Lewis Hamilton is in the news again. This time, however, it’s not for a controversial statement like the one he made in Australia recently. In fact, it was to assure fans that he is healthy and training hard while in self-isolation.
Before flying to Australia for the season’s opening F1 race (now cancelled due to coronavirus), Hamilton has participated in a high-profile social event in UK after which other VIP guests tested positive for.
British actor Idris Elba and Canadian TV presenter Sophie Gregoire Trudeau both tested positive after the WE Day UK event at London’s SSE Arena in Wembley on March 4 where it was revealed the pair had hugged each other. Given Hamilton’s popularity, he wanted to reassure fans that he has not been affected.
“There’s been some speculation about my health, after I was at an event where two people later tested positive for Coronavirus,” Hamilton wrote on social media.
“I wanted to let you know that I’m doing well, feeling healthy and working out twice a day. I have zero symptoms, and it’s now been 17 days since I saw Sophie and Idris. I have been in touch with Idris and [I’m] happy to hear he’s OK.
“I did speak to my doctor and double checked if I needed to take a test, but the truth is there is a limited amount of tests available and there are people who need it more than I do, especially when I wasn’t showing any symptoms at all.
“So what I’ve done is keep myself isolated this past week, actually since practice was cancelled last Friday, and kept my distance from people.”
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) March 21, 2020