Busy days in Formula 1. Following a bumpy Bahrain Grand Prix in which Romain Grosjean miraculously saved his life after a brutal crash, Mercedes announced this Tuesday morning that Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for coronavirus. The British rider will not be able to race this weekend in Sakhir and it is a doubt for Abu Dhabi, the last Grand Prix of the season.
BREAKING: Lewis Hamilton will miss this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain after a positive test for Covid-19 pic.twitter.com/c0XCfyDmWZ
– Formula 1 (@ F1) December 1, 2020
As reported by Mercedes, his team, Hamilton threw three negative results last weekend. However, se woke up this Monday with “mild symptoms” after it was confirmed that he had been in contact with a positive before his arrival in Bahrain. The pilot is already saving the corresponding quarantine after confirming that he has the disease.
Therefore, Hamilton was in contact with a person who tested positive for coronavirus prior to his arrival at the Bahrain Grand Prix. In consecuense, In the next few days it will be checked if the Englishman could infect someone in the paddock during the weekend in which he took one more victory in Formula 1.
A miracle has flown over the Bahrain circuit, the images are tremendous. # BRNmovistarF1 pic.twitter.com/8bAJ0p9nJf
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This is the third pilot to test positive for Covid this season, after Checo Pérez and Lance Stroll. It will be necessary to see who Mercedes chooses to replace a man who is already world champion, but that he sees how the coronavirus will deprive him of being able to win the last two races of the season and continue to make history in Formula 1.
The complete statement of Mercedes
“The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team regrets to announce that Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be able to participate in this weekend’s Sakhir GP.
Lewis tested three times last week and tested negative each time, the last of which was Sunday afternoon at the Bahrain International Circuit as part of the standard race weekend testing schedule.
However, he woke up on Monday morning with mild symptoms, and at the same time he was informed that a contact prior to his arrival in Bahrain had subsequently tested positive. So Lewis ran one more test and came back positive. Since then, this has been confirmed by a new test.
Lewis is now isolating himself in accordance with the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines from the public health authority in Bahrain. Other than mild symptoms, he is otherwise fit and well and the whole team sends him their best wishes for a speedy recovery.
We will announce our replacement controller plans for this weekend in due course.