Mercedes AMG F1 has confirmed that Lewis Hamilton, seven-time Formula 1 world champion, will not be able to compete this weekend in the Sakhir Grand Prix having tested positive for COVID-19.
Formula 1 loses its current world champion as a result of COVID-19, as Lewis Hamilton has tested positive in the last test carried out and will not be able to participate in the Sakhir Grand Prix held this weekend in Bahrain.
As reported by Mercedes AMG F1, Lewis was tested three times last week and gave a negative result in each of them, the last of which was Sunday afternoon at the Bahrain International Circuit as part of the standard race weekend testing program.
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However, he woke up Monday morning with mild symptoms and at the same time was informed that a contact prior to his arrival in Bahrain had subsequently tested positive. Therefore, Lewis ran one more test and returned a positive result. This has since been confirmed by further testing.
Lewis Hamilton is now isolated according to the COVID-19 protocols and the guidelines of the public health authority in Bahrain. Aside from mild symptoms, he is fit and well. Mercedes, for her part, has yet to announce the driver who will take Hamilton’s place, although it is very likely that the chosen one is Stoffel Vandoorne, reserve driver of the F1 team and owner of the brand in Formula E.