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Lewis Hamilton hopeful of recovering in time for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Mercedes driver has started working out as he aims to travel in time

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will race in this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. AP
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will race in this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. AP

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said he has suffered "one of the hardest weeks for some time" after testing positive for coronavirus but is hopeful of driving in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The 35-year-old Briton missed last Sunday's penultimate round in Bahrain after contracting coronavirus.

Speaking in an Instagram video from his quarantine period spent in Bahrain, he said: "I know I've not been in touch this past week but it's definitely been one of the hardest weeks that I've had for some time.

"I've just been focusing on recovering and trying to get back in shape so I can get back in the car and race in Abu Dhabi.

"I woke up today feeling great and got my first workout in so I just wanted to send you guys a message of positivity, let you know I'm OK.

"I hope that I can get back in the car soon."

To be allowed into Abu Dhabi, Hamilton must return a negative Covid-19 swab but there could still be other quarantine hindrances in the UAE.

The F1 world flew to Bahrain from Abu Dhabi on Monday on 10 charter planes ahead of Yas Island being put into lockdown. Hamilton must serve 10 days of quarantine in Bahrain, meaning the earliest he could possibly travel is Thursday. Practice for the concluding round starts on Friday.

FIA race director Michael Masi said: "It is very much a decision for the Bahraini health authorities to determine if Lewis is fit and complies with their regulations, and further for the Abu Dhabi authorities to determine their criteria.

"If Lewis meets the entry requirements of the respective governments, and complies with the testing protocol by returning a negative test prior to entering the paddock, then there is no problem from our perspective. As long as the driver participates in practice or qualifying he is permitted to race."

Published: December 8, 2020 09:21 PM

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