Hamilton the hermit as Mercedes report another COVID positive
BRIXWORTH, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - NOVEMBER 13, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
1. DIFFERENT MERCEDES TEAM CELEBRATING A SUCCESSFUL SEASON
SILVERSTONE, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - FEBRUARY 22, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
2. LEWIS HAMILTON (SECOND FROM RIGHT), MERCEDES TEAM MATE VALTTERI BOTTAS (SECOND FROM LEFT), TOTO WOLFF (CENTER), MERCEDES TEAM CEO Standing behind the car at the start of the 2018 model
3. BOTTAS, WOLFF AND HAMILTON STANDING BEHIND THE CAR
NUERBURG, GERMANY (OCTOBER 8, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
4. PHOTO OUTSIDE THE NUERBURGRING FORMULA A CIRCLE BY MICHAEL SCHUMACHER, WHO WON FIVE TIMES IN A CIRCLE
5. PEOPLE WALKING NEAR THE ENTRANCE
6. NUERBURGRING FLAGS
7. CIRCUIT OUTSIDE
HISTORY: Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas must live "like hermits" to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infecting their Formula One title bout, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said on Friday (October 9) after the team entered reported a second positive test result.
A Mercedes spokesman said the entire team had been tested again after the first positive appeared on the Thursday before the Eifel Grand Prix at the German Nürburgring at the weekend.
One of them was also positive and another was inconclusive, he added.
Four other team members, all of whom tested negative, were then isolated according to the sport's protocols, while six substitutes were flown in from England.
The Austrian said that every precaution has been taken to shield six-time world champions Hamilton and Bottas, who is 44 points behind the Briton after 10 races, on the track and elsewhere.
Racing Point's Sergio Perez missed two races in August after contracting the virus. The Mexican was still the only rider to test positive and the consequences for the first two are potentially massive.
Hamilton is close to his 91st career victory this weekend and is well on the way to claiming Michael Schumacher's seven titles.
The season ends with a triple header in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, and Wolff admitted that missing a race or two would be a critical blow.
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