23 March 2020

Hamilton slams 'irresponsible and selfish' people refusing to abide by social distancing rules

Six-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has condemned people who are continuing to ignore social distancing rules, labelling them 'irresponsible and selfish'.

The 35 year-old has been self-isolating for more than a week after coming into contact with Sophie Trudeau and Idris Elba at an event, two people who subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.

And Hamilton has called on people to isolate themselves as much as possible in a bid to stop the spread of the virus.

BBC Sport reported Hamilton as saying: "I'm praying for my family's safety each day but I'm also praying for you out there. 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, stop ourselves from catching it and spreading it.

"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 Formula 1 season had been postponed to June 7, but has been pushed back further due to the suspension of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

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