“I feel motorsport, I feel it is nice that now we have races however for me, it is stunning that we’re all sitting on this room. So many followers right here already at this time and it looks like the remainder of the world is reacting — in all probability slightly bit late.”
Hamilton additionally revealed he had been aware to take preventive well being measures as he traveled to Australia.
“Naturally being on a flight with god is aware of how many individuals after which stopping in an airport stuffed with so many individuals, I did not actually assume too onerous on it,” mentioned the 35-year-old.
“I am making an attempt to ensure I am taking all of the precautions I might, when it comes to not touching issues and at all times utilizing hand sanitizer.”
The contaminated particular person was self-isolated as quickly as they displayed signs and is now being handled by native healthcare authorities.
“The choice has been taken based mostly on an obligation of care not solely to McLaren F1 workers and companions, but in addition to the crew’s rivals, System 1 followers and wider F1 stakeholders.”
Requested why he felt the race was nonetheless going forward as deliberate, Hamilton replied: “Money is king.”
He added: “You are seeing the NBA’s been suspended, but System One continues to go on.
“I noticed (80-year-old) Jackie Stewart this morning — trying match and wholesome and properly — within the raise. Some individuals as I walked into the paddocks, some aged people.
“It is a concern for the individuals right here. It is fairly an enormous circus that comes right here so it is positively regarding for me.”
The primary follow periods of the brand new season are on account of start on Friday on the Albert Park Circuit, with the race scheduled for Sunday March 15.
“It is extremely tough having a good judgement, however I do understand quite a lot of sporting competitions get canceled and it’s honest to ask the query why you’re right here,” mentioned Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel.
“We now have to belief FIA (motorsport’s governing physique) and for them to take all of the precautions however the reply nobody may give you is how a lot you possibly can management what’s going on.”
Australian GP Company chief Andrew Westacott mentioned in an announcement that race organizers have been taking further precautions at Albert Park, together with having hand sanitizers at public areas and company services.
Whereas F1 prepares to race, System E just lately canceled the inaugural Jakarta E-Prix scheduled for June 6. Races in Sanya, China and Rome have already been referred to as off.