February 29, 2024
Lewis Hamilton has coronavirus: Formula 1 driver will miss Sakhir Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has coronavirus: Formula 1 driver will miss Sakhir Grand Prix

His Mercedes team said that the seven-time Formula One world champion was self-isolating and had only mild symptoms.

“He is otherwise fit and well, and the entire team sends him its very best wishes for a swift recovery,” said Mercedes in a statement.

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According to Mercedes, Hamilton was tested three times last week, including at the Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday, where he won the Bahrain Grand Prix. He returned a negative result each time.

The 35-year-old Briton woke up on Monday morning with mild symptoms and was informed that a contact from before his arrival in Bahrain had tested positive. He took a further test and returned a positive result, which has been confirmed by a retest.

Mercedes said a replacement driver for this weekend would be announced in due course. Over the last weekend in November and the first in December, Bahrain is hosting F1’s third double-header of the 2020 season.

Hamilton’s victory on Sunday saw him claim a record-extending 95th win of his career.

Last month Hamilton’s victory at the Turkish Grand Prix saw F1’s most successful driver equal Michael Schumacher’s tally of seven world titles.

Mexican driver Sergio Perez tested positive for coronavirus in July and Canadian Lance Stroll said he had tested positive last month.

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