Lewis Hamilton is calling on F1 bosses not to wear masks in Australia

Lewis Hamilton contracted COVID-19 in 2020 and believes he's still feeling the effects now (Picture: Getty)

Lewis Hamilton contracted COVID-19 in 2020 and believes he’s still feeling the effects now (Picture: Getty)

Mr. Lewis Hamilton has said he felt “uncomfortable” during a recent meeting between Formula 1 bosses and drivers after many in attendance failed to wear masks.

The two-hour meeting, chaired by new F1 race director Niels Wittich, took place on Friday night ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, where Hamilton will start fifth on the grid with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc on pole.

Among the issues discussed were tightening the rules banning jewelry and insisting on wearing fireproof underwear, issues the importance of which Hamilton has already questioned.

After qualifying on Saturday, the seven-time world champion said: “Nobody in the drivers’ briefing wore masks. Some of the drivers were, but most of the FIA ​​drivers weren’t, which made me uncomfortable.

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Hamilton starts fifth in Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix (Picture: Getty)

“That was the longest driver briefing of my life. I’ve been racing for a long time and they’ve never done such a long briefing. I don’t get the little things they pick up on like the underwear – are we really talking about that? But whatever, you take it and move on.’

Under Melbourne law, it is not mandatory to wear a face mask in an enclosed space, but Hamilton’s fear is understandable given the Briton was previously infected with COVID-19 in December 2020 and has previously spoken out about the condition the virus is causing him had inflicted.

In July of last year, Hamilton said: “I’ve really struggled all year to stay healthy after what happened at the end of last year. It’s still a struggle.

“I remember when I had it, the training has been different since then, the fatigue you get, it’s different.”

The 37-year-old has had a difficult start to the new season as his Mercedes car was far from the pace of rivals Ferrari and Red Bull and although fifth place on Saturday was a good result all things considered, Hamilton admitted that his next win had not been won anytime soon.

“We haven’t made any progress. I really hope that next week we can get as much information and find something out,” he added.

“I wish I could be optimistic and say we have better things to come, but at the moment we don’t. “Victory is still a long way away, one second, so it’s a huge gap.

“I don’t like driving this car but I enjoy working with the guys because I know there’s a steep hill to climb and I hope we get there.”

MORE : Lewis Hamilton reacts to F1 jewelry ban as Mercedes fights on

MORE : Christian Horner responds to Max Verstappen’s Red Bull complaints after qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix

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