Valtteri Bottas has assured fans he’s healthy and pleaded with them to stay safe as the coronavirus pandemic continues to claim lives across the planet. The deadly virus has already caused more than 10,000 deaths worlwide and it’s had a significant impact on the sporting scene.
The first eight races of the F1 season have, rightly, been called off, meaning Bottas has been forced to wait to start his title fight against reigning champion Lewis Hamilton.
The Finn came second in the World Drivers’ Championship standings last year and has already laid out his plans to take on his Mercedes team-mate Hamilton this time around.
Bottas has now provided an update on his health with the start of the season being pushed back until June and he’s urged fans to do everything they can to avoid contracting the deadly coronavirus.
“Just wanted to let you know that I’m very well,” Bottas said in a video posted on Mercedes’ Twitter account. “All safe, healthy.
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“I really hope all of you as well are keeping safe, doing whatever you can in the current situation, in terms of your health and health of the people around you.
“So, please stay safe, keep well and just remember to make the most out of every single day. There’s still lots of positives in life, for sure.
“There’s many things we can do and enjoy and hopefully you will get to be with the important people to you and your loved ones.
“And keep washing those hands – [it’s] very important. Take care everyone.”
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On Monday, Bottas’ team-mate Hamilton posted a message on Instagram urging fans to take note of and follow guidance on social distancing, which is aimed at limiting the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.
“I’m so sad to hear about the amount of deaths happening around the world,” Hamilton said. “I know most of us are limited with the knowledge of why and how this has happened.
“There is nothing we can do about it either way except try to isolate ourselves, stop ourselves from catching it and spreading it.
“There are people out there still going to clubs and bars and large gatherings which I personally feel is totally irresponsible and selfish.
“I’m praying for my family’s safety each day but I’m also praying for you out there. I’m praying for those working at the local stores, deliveries, doctors and nurses who put their own health at risk to help others and keep the countries running. These are the heroes. Please stay safe people.”
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