Lewis Hamilton U-turns over Covid mask decision with ‘a lot of people getting sick’

Lewis Hamilton has performed a COVID-19 U-turn by deciding to once again wear a mask. The Briton, who has won a joint-record seven F1 world titles, was seen sporting the face-covering last weekend at the Austrian Grand Prix and has since stated “a lot of people are getting sick.”

Hamilton endured a miserable start to the 2022 F1 season as his Mercedes car was hit with porpoising issues following a winter redesign. But the 37-year-old has secured three consecutive podium finishes as he claimed third place at the Grands Prix in Canada, Great Britain, and Austria.

And following his decision to wear a mask at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Hamilton insisted it was a “personal choice” and that he wants to try and keep people safe.

“I noticed a lot of people around me are getting sick and I definitely don’t want to get sick again,” he said. “I’ve already experienced it twice. But just I notice a lot of people around me, a lot of my friends messaging me that they’ve got Covid and some of them are much worse than others.

 

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has performed a COVID-19 U-turn by deciding to once again wear a mask (Image: GETTY)

 

“No one’s wearing a mask so I’m definitely wearing my mask. 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. I try, if I can, to keep the people that I love around me also safe when I can, when I’m around them.”

Hamilton was forced to miss the penultimate Grand Prix of the 2020 season in Sakhir after contracting COVID-19. And following the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix last August, the veteran admitted he was still feeling the effects of the condition.

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