Lewis Hamilton has defined his reasonings behind reverting again to carrying a face masks within the paddock with individuals round him “getting sick” once more with Covid-19.
The Mercedes star has contracted the virus twice, lacking the Sakhir Grand Prix in 2020 on account of a optimistic take a look at, with present team-mate George Russell deputising for him in Bahrain.
While mask-wearing within the paddock was necessary in 2020 and all through massive intervals of 2021, these guidelines have been relaxed in 2022 however many have observed that 37-year-old Hamilton has reverted again to carrying a face masking in latest weeks.
Speaking after final week’s Austrian Grand Prix, the seven-time world champion defined it was a “personal choice”, including that he “definitely doesn’t want to get sick again.”
“No, this is a personal choice,” Hamilton stated.
“I just noticed a lot of people around me are getting sick and I definitely don’t want to get sick again. I’ve already experienced it twice. A lot of my friends have messaged me that they have Covid and some are much worse than others.
“Nobody’s wearing a mask so I’m definitely wearing mine. I urge people to do what they want to do – it’s your health at the end of the day but I want to go home healthy. I want to be able to get up and train and do the things I love doing and I try, if I can, to keep the people I love around me safe when I can when I’m around them.”
Sebastian Vettel missed the primary two races of the 2022 season in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia after contracting the virus, whereas a rise in an infection charges throughout Europe in latest weeks has added to Hamilton’s concern.
F1 heads to Circuit Paul Ricard within the south of France this week for the French Grand Prix, the penutlimate race earlier than the summer time break with Hungary internet hosting subsequent week’s race.