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Lewis Hamilton’s a hermit as Mercedes reports another COVID positive

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas ought to live ‘like hermits’ to lessen the possibility of...

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas ought to live ‘like hermits’ to lessen the possibility of COVID-19 infecting their Method A single title struggle, Mercedes manager Toto Wolff mentioned on Friday soon after the group noted a 2nd good examination outcome.

A Mercedes spokesman mentioned the complete group experienced been analyzed once again soon after the first good confirmed up on Thursday forward of the weekend’s Eifel Grand Prix at Germany’s Nürburgring circuit.

A single of people also confirmed up good and yet another was inconclusive, he added.

4 further group customers, who all analyzed detrimental, had been then isolated in line with the sport’s protocols whilst six replacements had been flown in from England.

“Each and every decline of an vital member in the garage impacts the race, but I assume we’ve acquired it under command,” Wolff told reporters.

The Austrian mentioned every single precaution was getting taken to protect six-periods entire world champion Hamilton and Bottas, who is 44 details at the rear of the Briton soon after 10 races, at the racetrack and elsewhere.

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

“It really is surely not a wonderful situation for them for the reason that you virtually want to live like a hermit, and that’s what they are performing.

“They are at residence, they are not going out for dinners, they are not assembly any other persons. Inside the group when we do the debriefs by Zoom or Microsoft Teams, they are not sitting with the engineers in the space.

“They are sitting in their possess rooms and we are averting as significantly as possible any private speak to with them. It really is virtually stepping into the vehicle and driving the vehicle and retaining their length.”

Racing Point’s Sergio Perez missed two races in August soon after contracting the virus, the Mexican nevertheless the only driver to have analyzed good, and the effects for the prime two are most likely large.

Hamilton is on the brink of a history-equalling 91st vocation earn this weekend and perfectly on the way to matching Michael Schumacher’s seven titles.

The time finishes with a triple header in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi and Wolff acknowledged missing any race, or two, would be a crucial blow.

“Regretably for them they want to live a lifestyle that is a bit secluded but we assume the decisions we have taken are very good to protect them,” he mentioned of the drivers.