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F1 champ Hamilton tests positive for Covid-19

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INTERNET (DECEMBER 1, 2020) (SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE - ACCESS ALL)

1. STATEMENT POSTED TO LEWIS HAMILTON'S TWITTER CONFIRMING HE HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS AND WILL MISS SUNDAY'S BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX SAYING:

""Hi guys I am devastated that I won't be racing this weekend. Since we started the season in June, my team and I have been taking all the precautions we possibly can and following the regulations everywhere we've been in order to stay safe. Unfortunately, even though I returned three negative results this past week, I woke up yesterday morning with mild symptoms and requested another test which came back positive. I've immediately gone into self isolation for 10 days. I'm gutted not to be able to race this weekend but my priority is to follow the protocols and advice to protect others. I'm really lucky that I feel okay with only mild symptoms and will do my best to stay fit and healthy. Please look after yourselves out there you can never be too careful these are worrying times for everyone and we need to make sure we are looking after ourselves and each other and stay positive."

INTERNET (DECEMBER 1, 2020) (SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE - ACCESS ALL)

2. STATEMENT POSTED TO VALTTERI BOTTAS' TWITTER SAYING:

"Wish you a speedy recovery Lewis Hamilton. Keep strong."

SILVERSTONE, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - FEBRUARY 22, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

1. LEWIS HAMILTON, VALTTERI BOTTAS, TOTO WOLFF, MERCEDES MANAGING DIRECTOR, ANDY COWELL AND TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, JAMES ALLISON STANDING BEHIND CAR AT LAUNCH

2. CAR / BOTTAS, WOLFF AND HAMILTON POSING FOR PHOTOS

SILVERSTONE, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - FEBRUARY 14, 2020) (MERCEDES VNR - NO RESALES)

3. HAMILTON INSPECTING CAR WITH AN ENGINEER

4. HAMILTON PUTTING ON CRASH HELMET

5. HAMILTON SITTING IN THE CAR

6. HAMILTON DRIVING OFF

7. VARIOUS OF HAMILTON DRIVING

SILVERSTONE, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - MARCH 6, 2020) (UK POOL - ACCESS ALL)

8. VARIOUS OF HAMILTON AND FORMER DUKE OF SUSSEX, PRINCE HARRY LOOKING AT A VINTAGE SPORTS CAR DURING A TOUR AT THE OPENING OF A MOTORSPORTS MUSEUM

BERLIN, GERMANY (FEBRUARY 17, 2020) (LAUREUS - ACCESS ALL)

9. VARIOUS OF HAMILTON BEING INTRODUCED TO THE STAGE AS ONE OF THE CO-WINNERS OF THE LAUREUS WORLD SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

10. VARIOUS OF HAMILTON RECEIVING AWARD FROM FORMER ARSENAL MANAGER ARSENE WENGER

LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - DECEMBER 2, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

11. VARIOUS HAMILTON ON RED CARPET AT THE BRITISH FASHION AWARDS

BERLIN, GERMANY (FILE - NOVEMBER 7, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

12. VARIOUS OF HAMILTON ON RED CARPET AT GQ GERMANY'S MEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (FILE - OCTOBER 23, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

13. HAMILTON POSING FOR PHOTOS AT PROMOTIONAL EVENT BEFORE LEAVING

MANAMA, BAHRAIN (NOVEMBER 29, 2020)

14. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF HAMILTON AT BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX

15. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF HAMILTON ON TRACK BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX

16. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF HAMILTON GETTING OUT OF CAR AT BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX

17. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF HAMILTON AT BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX

18. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF HAMILTON ON PODIUM AT BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX

STORY: Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the upcoming Sakhir Grand Prix, the sport's governing FIA said on Tuesday (December 1).

Hamilton, who has already secured a record-equalling seventh world title and won Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix, was experiencing mild symptoms but was otherwise fit and well, his Mercedes team said.

"Lewis was tested three times last week and returned a negative result each time, the last of which was on Sunday afternoon at the Bahrain International Circuit as part of the standard race weekend testing programme," the Formula One champions said in a statement.

"However he woke up on Monday morning with mild symptoms and was informed at the same time that a contact prior to arrival in Bahrain had subsequently tested positive.

"Lewis therefore took a further test and returned a positive result. This has since been confirmed by a retest."

The 35-year-old Briton was isolating according to local health guidelines, the team said, with a replacement driver to be announced in due course.

The Sakhir Grand Prix takes place on Dec. 6.

(Production: Iain Axon)

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