Hamilton checks constructive for COVID-19 and can miss Sakhir GP

Seven-time Components One world champion Lewis Hamilton will miss this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix after testing constructive for COVID-19.

Hamilton examined constructive on Monday, the day after his victory at Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, throughout a compulsory PCR check for the upcoming Sakhir Grand Prix on the similar circuit this weekend.

He had examined detrimental thrice the earlier week, together with on Sunday afternoon forward of the Bahrain Grand Prix, however awakened on Monday morning with delicate signs and subsequently examined constructive. He was additionally knowledgeable on Monday {that a} contact previous to his arrival in Bahrain had additionally examined constructive.

The 35-year-old has already secured this yr’s drivers’ title, however will miss this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix and will additionally miss the season finale in Abu Dhabi the week after if he fails to return a detrimental check in time.

It’s not but clear who will substitute Hamilton at Mercedes, who has gained 11 of this yr’s 15 races.

Stoffel Vandoorne is listed because the crew’s official reserve driver and is at present testing for Mercedes’ Components E crew in Valencia. He final raced in F1 for McLaren in 2018 and can journey to Bahrain later this week to affix the Mercedes F1 crew.

Hamilton is at present isolating in accordance with public well being authority tips in Bahrain and his contacts have been declared to the FIA.

“The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Staff regrets to announce that Lewis Hamilton has examined constructive for COVID-19 and can be unable to participate on this weekend’s Sakhir GP,” a Mercedes assertion stated.

“Lewis was examined thrice final week and returned a detrimental consequence every time, the final of which was on Sunday afternoon on the Bahrain Worldwide Circuit as a part of the usual race weekend testing programme.

“Nonetheless, he awakened on Monday morning with delicate signs and was knowledgeable on the similar time {that a} contact previous to arrival in Bahrain had subsequently examined constructive.

“Lewis subsequently took an extra check and returned a constructive consequence. This has since been confirmed by a retest.

“Lewis is now isolating in accordance with COVID-19 protocols and public well being authority tips in Bahrain. Other than delicate signs, he’s in any other case match and properly, and your complete crew sends him its perfect needs for a swift restoration.

“We are going to announce our alternative driver plans for this weekend in the end.”

Hamilton would be the third driver to overlook a race this yr as a consequence of a constructive COVID-19 check in a season that has been utterly rescheduled as a result of pandemic.

Sergio Perez sat out of the British and seventieth Anniversary Grands Prix at Silverstone earlier this yr and his Racing Level teammate Lance Stroll missed the Eifel Grand Prix after feeling unwell and later testing constructive for COVID-19. Nico Hulkenberg substituted for each Racing Level drivers on these events.

Hamilton secured this yr’s championship on the Turkish Grand Prix in mid-November with three races remaining on the calendar. Mercedes has dominated this yr’s championship, taking 13 of the 15 race victories, 14 pole positions and each drivers’ and constructors’ world championships.

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