British Formula 1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton speaks to the Silverstone during the visit Experience officially inaugurated Silverstone Race Track in Central England on March 6th 2020. – The Silverstone Experience is the new home of the British Racing Drivers' Club archive to life, interactive and educational visitor experience (photo by PETER NICHOLLS / POOL / AFP)
Six-time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton says he is self-isolating but will not be tested for coronavirus because others need more attention than he does.
The 35-year-old Briton said he decided to isolate himself because he had the same role in London that actor Idris Elba and Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, attended earlier this month .
Elba and Gregoire-Trudeau were then both tested positive for COVID-19.
"I want to let you know that I'm fine," said Hamilton in a statement. “There was speculation about my health after I attended an event where two people later tested positive for coronavirus.
"I have no symptoms and it has been 17 days since I saw Sophie and Idris. I got in touch with Idris and am happy to hear that he is fine.
“I spoke to my doctor and double-checked that I needed to take a test, but the truth is that there are only a limited number of tests available and there are people who need it more than I do, especially when I do was not. "There are no symptoms at all. "
Hamilton has been isolated since last Friday.
The start of the Formula 1 season was canceled by the pandemic with races in Australia, Bahrain, Vietnam, China, the Netherlands and Spain and the legendary Riviera showpiece in Monaco was canceled.
A season that should have started in Melbourne on March 14 now begins in Azerbaijan on June 7 at the earliest.
The UK-based Formula 1 teams also hope to contribute from the track.
They are working on a plan to manufacture coronavirus medical devices that claimed 177 victims in the United Kingdom by Friday evening, with the number of infected infected at over 4,000.
The UK government and health authorities need more ICU ventilators to treat the breathing problems caused by the disease.
Formula 1 teams have technical skills that could accelerate the production of the units.
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