Dec, 10th 2020 – Mercedes say Lewis Hamilton’s health is “improving” but still do not know whether he will be able to race in the year’s final grand prix this weekend.

The world champion missed the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain last weekend after contracting coronavirus. Hamilton remains in isolation and must return a negative test result before he is allowed to travel to Abu Dhabi.

In a video on social media, Hamilton said, “It has been one of the hardest weeks 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.”

Hamilton however did not disclose whether he had tested negative which will be a requirement for his travel to Abu Dhabi for Sunday’s race next week. Formula One teams and associates personnel were allowed to enter Abu Dhabi on Monday with staff confined to circuits hotels within a protective bubble.

George Russell is in line to replace Hamilton if he cannot race. He was denied an almost win due to a late puncture and a pitstop mix-up. Hamilton would be able to fly to Abu Dhabi on a private jet but would still need the approval of the authorities. Practice starts on Friday.

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