LEWIS HAMILTON was taking no chances as he flew to Australia ahead of the F1 season opener this weekend.
The reigning world champion posted a picture of himself wearing a mask with fears over the spread of coronavirus.
Race officials confirmed Sunday’s event in Melbourne would go ahead as planned with more than 100,000 fans expected.
And it seems Hamilton was taking measures to prevent himself from catching the virus on his flight to Australia.
The image on Instagram was later deleted.
Hamilton is chasing his record-equalling seventh world title this season which will draw him level with Michael Schumacher.
The Brit posted a picture online of his new physique after a rigorous off-season programme to get in top condition.
He also added the caption: “Every year I try to find the right balance between being the fittest athlete I can be, a good businessman and deliver on all platforms.
“It is far from easy but I give it my all. I listen to my body, fuel it to the best of my knowledge. This year, I’ve managed to push further and be fitter and stronger than the years before which I’m so happy about.
“I feel more ready than ever as I embark on my journey to the first race of the season. I just want to encourage you all out there, your body and mind are one.
“Take care of it, feed your body and your mind with the right ingredients. Health is wealth.
“If you believe you can’t do something that is just the wrong attitude because you can do anything you put your mind to.
“You need to develop a positive frame of mind and working out will help you do that and feel better about yourself. I know you can do it, now you need to know it too.”