Lewis Hamilton has called for positivity from his fans as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the planet. More than 30,000 people have died worldwide as a result of contracting the Covid-19 virus.
Hundreds of thousands more have been infected and governments around the globe are introducing special measures in a bid to limit coronavirus’ spread.
Hamilton was among the millions who self-isolated earlier this month in a bid to protect themselves and help prevent the virus spreading.
The F1 champion was, though, showing no symptoms after appearing at an event alongside Idris Elba and Sophie Trudeau, both of whom have tested positive for coronavirus.
Hamilton’s period of quarantine ended on Friday and he has now taken to social media to urge fans to stay positive, be grateful for what they have and to thank them for their support.
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“Through this tough time, I hope and pray you are all safe at home with your families or somewhere you feel safe,” Hamilton wrote on Instagram, alongside an image of him praying in the sea.
“I am taking this time to work on myself, physically but emotionally too. The mental strain that this can bare on us all can be intense but just know you are not alone.
“We are all in this together. We should all take time to enjoy what we have and the people in our lives.
“I know I’m not on here a lot but I think of you all out there in the world and want you to know I am grateful for your support and love always. I’m sending you positivity from afar [praying hands emoji].”
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Hamilton was due to start his bid for a record-equalling seventh F1 title at the Australian Grand Prix earlier this month.
However, the Mercedes driver now faces a wait until at least June to get back on track, with the first eight races of 2020 called off.
Meets in China and Monaco join the Australian Grand Prix on the cancellation scrapheap, while trips to Bahrain, Vietnam, Holland, Spain and Azerbaijan have been postponed.
The Canadian Grand Prix, set to be in Montreal on June 14, is now being eyed up as the new start to the campaign and a decision on whether to go ahead with the race will be made soon.
Last week, F1 chief executive Chase Carey revealed he was optimistic about the chances of staging a 15-18 Grand Prix season despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
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