Lewis Hamilton and his fellow Britons are among those to be warned they could be fined or even sent to prison if they break strict Covid-19 protocols at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Hungarian government issued new lockdown measures on Saturday in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus during next weekend’s race.
All UK and non-EU members of the sport’s 2,000-strong travelling circus are required to stay in their hotels when they are not at the track, which is situated 12 miles away from the centre of Budapest.
Lewis Hamilton will be forced to abide by strict quarantine rules for British arrivals when Formula One travels to Budapest for the Hungarian Grand Prix next weekend
The six-time champion will be confined to his hotel when not at the track to qualify or race
The use of public transport and taxis have also been banned. Failure to adhere to the rules could result in a £13,000 fine or imprisonment.
Seven of the sport’s 10 teams are based in the UK. All F1 personnel are being tested for the virus every four days. So far no positive results have been returned from 9,000 tests.
Six-time world champion Hamilton is set to remain on site in his own motorhome at the Hungaroring.
McLaren’s British youngster Lando Norris will also be faced by the strict rules by ministers
‘It doesn’t really affect me because I stay at the track,’ said the Mercedes driver.
‘The team are not fortunate like the drivers to be able to stay at the circuit, so for sure, it is challenging times but you can understand why the authorities are doing it. We definitely need to make sure we take it very seriously.’
Williams driver George Russell would find himself compromised like Hamilton and Norris