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Lewis Hamilton could be forced into quarantine for Hungarian GP amid strict rules for Brits that throw race into doubt


LEWIS HAMILTON and Co. could be forced into lockdown in Budapest - plunging the Hungarian Grand Prix into doubt.

The race is due to go ahead next Sunday, however, strict rules have been placed upon UK citizens who enter the country.

The sport's governing body had hoped to get an exemption for all of those who have been part of F1's bubble given the strict testing protocols for Covid-19.

However, it is understood that Hungarian ministers have taken a dim view of pictures of pubs being opened and overcrowded beaches.

While all European residents will be free to travel to the track and walk around the city, UK citizens have been told they must stay locked in their hotels when not at the track.

It means that drivers, Hamilton, Lando Norris and George Russell, not to mention key team members such as F1 chief, Ross Brawn, and team bosses Christian Horner and Claire Williams risk a whopping €15,000 fine for driving to and from the F1 track - or even popping out for bowl of goulash.


Around 1,700 of the 2,000 people selected to be part of F1's ambitious plans to bring the sport back after the coronavirus pandemic are from the UK.

And they all could face a severe ticking-off form the Hungarian police PLUS the huge fine per person for breaching protocol.

Eight of F1's teams are based in Britain and have just received the news from the FIA's Covid-19 delegate.

They are now weighing up what their options are in the hope of an 11th-hour dispensation from the Hungarian government.

If F1 do press ahead with their plans, then Brits will be confined to their hotel rooms each night - prohibiting them from any form of exercise, other than at the track, or even going out to buy food.

It is a huge blow to F1 after ZERO positive Covid-19 tests in the past two weeks as they finally get the sport up and running.

Last weekend saw a thrilling race at the Red Bull Ring, while the Styrian GP will be also held at the same track tomorrow.

Meanwhile, today's running has been hit by heavy rain in Austria after the first practice session was cancelled due to the downpour.

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