Current Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix.
Hamilton tested positive for the virus on Monday, 30 December, just one day after his victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix. The F1 champion initially tested negative three times in the lead-up to race, including on the day. He did however wake up on Monday morning with mild COVID-19 symptoms and subsequently tested positive, according to reports from ESPN.
It remains unclear who will fill Hamilton’s seat in the Mercedes for the upcoming Sakhir Grand Prix. Hamilton has already secured his seventh drivers’ championship title (tied with Michael Schumacher), but the 35-year-old will could end up missing the season finale in Abu Dhabi if he fails to return a negative test in time.
BREAKING: Lewis Hamilton will miss this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain after a positive test for Covid-19 pic.twitter.com/c0XCfyDmWZ
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According to a statement by Mercedes, “The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team regrets to announce that Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be unable to take part in this weekend’s Sakhir GP. Lewis was tested three times last week and returned a negative result each time, the last of which was on Sunday afternoon at the Bahrain International Circuit as part of the standard race weekend testing programme.”
“We will announce our replacement driver plans for this weekend in due course,” they added.