Lewis Hamilton has shared his first video message since catching COVID-19 as he eyes a return to F1 in Abu Dhabi GP.

Seven days after Mercedes announced that Hamilton will miss the F1 Sakhir GP, having tested positive for COVID-19, the British racer has for the first time shared a video message through his social media accounts to update about his health.

Hamilton noted about feeling better than before as he had his first gym session. Although, he did not confirm his participation but the Brit is hoping to return in Abu Dhabi GP this weekend, to cap of the 2020 F1 season, in which he won his seventh title.

The 10-day isolation as per the Bahrain Government will keep him inside for couple more days, before he can undergo multiple tests to check if the virus is still in his body or not. The negative test will not be the sole decision-maker for him to be in Abu Dhabi.

The local Government has a strict protocol regarding people coming in, especially having tested positive before. Mercedes and the FIA will require a special permission to let Hamilton in, where he is most likely to remain in isolation for a day.

As things stand, even if Hamilton makes into Abu Dhabi, he could miss the Friday sessions. So far, Mercedes has remained silent over the matter as they await for his negative test. George Russell remains a contender to drive the car again alongside Valtteri Bottas.

The decision, though, will have to be taken sooner as Williams will also have to prepare for either Russell and or Jack Aitken. The next few days will be important to understand as to who will drive, with Mercedes prioritising Hamilton certainly.

Here’s the video message from Lewis Hamilton:

Here’s what George Russell and Toto Wolff said after Sakhir GP