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Anthony Hamilton against season 're-start'

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04/06/2020

Anthony Hamilton, father of six-time world champion, Lewis, like Bernie Ecclestone, Max Mosley and a number of others, including former Pirelli F1 boss Paul Hembery, believes that the 2020 season should be scrapped, or at least held off until there are no further cases of the coronavirus.

"We should have the patience and respect to say let's wait till the number of new coronavirus cases is down to zero so the key workers can go home, relax and they too can enjoy watching sport," he told ITV News. "I understand that we have to get back to business as soon as possible, but it should be as safe as possible and essential business only.

"Motorsport is a global sport with a global fan base," he continued. "Now is not the time to be turning our backs on those who cannot take part, or come and watch. Now is the time for us to wait, be patient and support. If we don't have fans, we don't have a sport and right now our fans are fighting on the frontline saving the lives of our fans.

"Although with each day things are improving and the number of virus-related deaths is falling, the enemy is not yet defeated. This is still a very clear and ever present threat to our lives and society so what is this rush back to motorsport?

"It would make me feel extremely disingenuous to celebrate watching Lewis racing, or celebrating on the podium," he said ahead of a season which could see his son equal Michael Schumacher's record of seven titles. "I wouldn't particularly want to be watching the TV and cheering while thousands of people are dying from a virus.

"Life and sport are important and are for everyone so we should be respecting this a bit more by being patient. The good days will return, but rushing back will only make it worse," said the Briton.

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1. Posted by Hannes, 06/06/2020 1:36

"@NS Biker, I can't believe I still have to make this point in June 2020. According to the CDC the number of flu deaths over the last 9 seasons were as follows, 37k, 12k, 43k, 38k, 51k, 23k, 38k, 61k, 34k. So unless you think Mexico and Canada can fill out those numbers to "50 to 100 thousand", I'd suggest you are full of it.

You might also have noticed that there is a vaccine for the flu, and that the flu is a well understood disease, it doesn't lead to increased risk of stroke in young adults or increased risk of kawasaki disease in young children, or any other side effects that are not well understood.

The R0 value for SARS-CoV-2 is between 2 and 3, for flu it is 1.3. The mortality rate for flu is 0.1, for SARS-CoV-2 it is at least 10 times that.

You are entitled to your opinion on when F1 should or should not restart, but you are not entitled to your own set of facts regarding diseases. "

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2. Posted by NS Biker, 05/06/2020 21:33

"The idea of maintaining a Lock-Down until we reach ... zero deaths from Covid 19 is ludicrous and un-achievable.
If not Covid 19, what about MERS, SARS and the annual flu.? The innocuous and underappreciated seasonal flu kills 50 to 100 thousand in North America every (and that should be emphasized ... EVERY) year.
Should we maintain the world in hand-cuffs forever.?
At some point the decision to get back to some form of "normal" needs to be championed, and as for timing, to quote a notable political leader ... "You ain't gonna make everyone happy."

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3. Posted by kenji, 05/06/2020 11:47

"@VC10....Louis Hamilton is the narcissitic 'look at me' doppleganger of Lewis Hamilton, the Mercedes F1 teams highly protected,social media darling. Well spotted haha"

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4. Posted by *TestaRossa*, 04/06/2020 20:46

"wat is het probleem the hillbillies race already at the other side of the pond probably they drink bleach as advised by their chief ."

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5. Posted by VC10-1103, 04/06/2020 18:31

"Who is Louis Hamilton? Is he another paternal second cousin twice removed of Lewis Hamilton?"

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6. Posted by kenji, 04/06/2020 14:52

"Louis Hamilton's paternal second cousin twice removed says that F1 should not race whilst there is even one covid19 infected individual anywhere on the planet. That statement is in support of Louis Hamilton's third youngest maternal auntie's niece who said in a lengthy interview that ' I agree' and went on to suggest that the entire F1 family of teams/drivers and paddock catering staff have been 'seen' and that she knows who they are. "

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