Six-time Formula One (F1) world champion Lewis Hamilton has lashed out at people who are ignoring advice on social distancing during the coronavirus crisis by labelling them as irresponsible and selfish.
The UK government has put a ban on all public gatherings, advising against converging in large crowds (100 or more people) and ordered that people stay at least two metres apart when conversing. Hamilton, who has been self-isolating but has shown no symptoms since attending an event with the British actor, Idris Elba and the wife of the Canadian prime minister, Sophie Trudeau – both of who have since tested positive for coronavirus – said he was sad about lives being lost.
I’m praying for my family’s safety each day but I’m also praying for you out there,” said the world champion. There are people out there still going to clubs and bars and large gatherings, which I feel is totally irresponsible and selfish. There is nothing we can do about it, either way, except try to isolate ourselves and to stop ourselves from catching it and spreading it.
The Brit added: “I’m praying for those working at the local store, deliverers, doctors and nurses who put their own health at risk to help others and keep the countries running. Those are the heroes. Please stay safe, people!” The start of the Formula 1 season and Hamilton’s bid at equalling Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles, has been placed on pause due to the global impact of the coronavirus.