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

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have to reside ‘like hermits’ to cut down the hazard of COVID-19 infecting their Formulation Just one title fight, Mercedes manager Toto Wolff said on Friday immediately after the group documented a next positive take a look at end result.

A Mercedes spokesman said the overall group had been tested once more immediately after the very first positive confirmed up on Thursday forward of the weekend’s Eifel Grand Prix at Germany’s Nürburgring circuit.

Just one of people also confirmed up positive and one more was inconclusive, he additional.

Four additional group customers, who all tested detrimental, were then isolated in line with the sport’s protocols though 6 replacements were flown in from England.

“Every single loss of an crucial member in the garage affects the race, but I imagine we have bought it under control,” Wolff explained to reporters.

The Austrian said every precaution was being taken to shield 6-instances entire world winner Hamilton and Bottas, who is 44 details guiding the Briton immediately after 10 races, at the racetrack and somewhere else.

“The drivers are the most limited of the entire group, of the entire group,” said Wolff.

“It’s certainly not a terrific scenario for them since you practically require to reside like a hermit, and that is what they are executing.

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

“They are sitting down in their personal rooms and we are avoiding as a great deal as attainable any personal get in touch with with them. It’s virtually stepping into the motor vehicle and driving the motor vehicle and maintaining their distance.”

Racing Point’s Sergio Perez missed two races in August immediately after contracting the virus, the Mexican still the only driver to have tested positive, and the consequences for the prime two are perhaps enormous.

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

The season ends with a triple header in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi and Wolff acknowledged missing any race, or two, would be a significant blow.

“Regrettably for them they require to reside a life that is a bit secluded but we imagine the selections we have taken are superior to guard them,” he said of the drivers.