Hamilton Tests Positive for Covid-19

Hamilton Tests Positive for Covid-19
Hamilton Tests Positive for Covid-19

World Champion Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for Covid-19. As a result, he will miss this weekends Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain, at the same track, albeit on a different circuit, to where he clinched his 95th Grand Prix on Sunday.

According to his Mercedes team he woke up on Monday morning with mild symptoms and subsequently tested positive for it. That was confirmed by the results of a second test and he is now self-isolating, although he is showing no other major symptoms.

He is the third F1 driver to have contracted the disease this season after the Racing Point duo of Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll. Whilst he will definitely miss this weekends race, it is not yet clear if he will be available for the final Grand Prix of the season which takes place in Abu Dhabi beginning on 11th December. He would need to return a negative test before he was cleared to take part in that race.

Fortunately for Hamilton there is not much riding on the rest of the season. He has already clinched his seventh Drivers World Championship, whilst his Mercedes team were crowned Constructors champions some time ago. However, he will now miss out on the chance to join the exclusive list of drivers who have won 13 races in a season, a record jointly held by the German duo of Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.

His absence fr0m the race on Sunday will end Hamilton’s sequence of most consecutive race starts. Since making his debut at the 2007 Australian Grand Prix he has competed in 265 races without missing one, making him second on the all-time list to the now retired Brazilian Rubens Barrichello who featured in 325 successive races.

It has not yet been decided who will replace him, the Belgian Stefan Vandoorne, who is Mercedes reserve driver, will travel to Bahrain, although the team may try and see whether George Russell, who is part of their young drivers programme could be released by Williams.

Russell though is under contract with Williams until the end of next season.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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