Lewis Hamilton was forced to take coronavirus precautions as he prepared for the 2020 F1 season. Hamilton is gearing up for the big start next weekend in Australia but is concerned of catching the virus while in transit.
The six-time F1 champion is looking to add another crown to level with Michael Schumacher as the most successful driver of all time.
And he is taking the coronavirus outbreak seriously. Hamilton posted a picture on his Instagram story of him travelling wearing a mask.
He included the caption: “Already one man coughing on this flight. Nope!!.”
Hamilton has been active on social media this week in the build up to the new season.
First he posted a message about his physique, claiming he is getting closer to finding the right balance.
He wrote: “Every year I try to find the right balance between being the fittest athlete I can be, a good businessman and deliver on all platforms.
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“It is far from easy but I give it my all. I listen to my body, fuel it to the best of my knowledge. This year, I’ve managed to push further and be fitter and stronger than the years before which I’m so happy about.
“I feel more ready than ever as I embark on my journey to the first race of the season. I just want to encourage you all out there, your body and mind are one.
“Take care of it, feed your body and your mind with the right ingredients. Health is wealth! If you believe you can’t do something that is just the wrong attitude because you can do anything you put your mind to.
“You need to develop a positive frame of mind and working out will help you do that and feel better about yourself. I know you can do it, now you need to know it too!!”
He then posted about International Women’s Day to celebrate the influential female activists in the world, including Greta Thunberg, Namugerwa Leah, Noga Levy-Rapoport and Jamie Margolin among others.
Meanwhile Jenson Button has backed Hamilton to stay at Mercedes and win a seventh world title.
“I think pretty much every Brit and fan of Lewis wants to see him win a championship again and to make it seven,” Button told the Mirror.
“But there are always going to be rumours when a guy has won six world championships. Sometimes teams comment on situations like that to unsettle drivers or to unsettle other teams. Who knows what truths there are in it?
“I’d be surprised if Lewis changes teams. He has repaid them winning five world championships with them and they have given him the car to do so. It is very difficult for him to walk away from that.
“I don’t know what would make you change your mind and make you want to leave a team you have such a great relationship with.
“It’s not like he is seeing them spiral out of control or not have the funding in the future or not become a manufacturer.
“I think that is the only thing that would make him think of moving teams; if Mercedes wasn’t Mercedes anymore.”
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