It is no secret that Lewis Hamilton is putting on a Tiger Woods like run in the Formula 1 Racing series, and this year may be his best yet. Two problems have arisen, a Pandemic shortened season, and now Hamilton himself has the virus, sidelining him for at least one race. With only two races left in the shortened season, Hamilton sits two wins away from the single-season record. The positive Covid result was announced early Tuesday morning.
The previous record of 13 wins was set by both Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel. Schumacher had 18 races in 2004 and Vettel 19 to participate in during the 2013 season.
Hamilton, 35, recently won the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix on November 29th.
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“Lewis was tested three times last week and returned a negative result each time, the last of which was on Sunday afternoon at the Bahrain International Circuit…,” the Mercedes racing team said.
“However, he woke up on Monday morning with mild symptoms and was informed at the same time that a contact prior to arrival in Bahrain had subsequently tested positive.
“Lewis, therefore, took a further test and returned a positive result. This has since been confirmed by a retest.”
Betting lines, which typically favor Hamilton and rarely are in the favor of the bettors, should all be nice payouts for the next race. I suggest considering Valtteri Bottas (Hamilton’s teammate) or Max Verstappen (Red Bull) for the next race and expect money lines in the range of +200 to +500.