World champion Lewis Hamilton examined constructive for COVID-19 and can miss the Sakhir Grand Prix this weekend, his Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Group stated Tuesday.
The group issued a press release saying Hamilton was examined 3 times final week and returned a destructive end result every time, the final on Sunday afternoon on the Bahrain Worldwide Circuit the place he received the Grand Prix.
“But he up woke Monday morning with mild symptoms and was informed at the same time that a contact prior to arrival in Bahrain had subsequently tested positive,” the group stated. “Lewis, therefore, took a further test and returned a positive result. This has since been confirmed by a retest.”
Hamilton is in isolation in accordance with the well being protocols in Bahrain.
“Apart from mild symptoms, he is otherwise fit and well, and the entire team sends him its very best wishes for a swift recovery,” the group assertion stated.
The 35-year-old Hamilton seemed to be drained on the finish of the race in Bahrain.
“It’s physical, this track has always been physical. We’ve got lots of high-speed corners so I was definitely feeling it,” he stated quickly after the GP. “I was sliding around a lot out there and I wasn’t really quite sure how it would play out at the end.”
There may be one other race in Bahrain on Sunday — on Sakhir’s shorter outer circuit — earlier than the 17-race season concludes in Abu Dhabi.
Hamilton has a giant lead within the F1 drivers’ champion with 332 factors, effectively forward of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas on 201 factors and Max Verstappen on 189.
The Mercedes group stated it might announce a substitute driver later within the week.