After testing positive for the coronavirus, Lewis Hamilton will miss this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain. After his positive result was confirmed on Tuesday morning, the seven-time Formula One world champion is in isolation.
Hamilton will have to stay in isolation in his hotel room for 10 days, doubting his involvement in the Abu Dhabi season finale in a week’s time. BREAKING: After testing positive for Covid-19 pic, Lewis Hamilton will skip the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain this weekend. Twitter.com/c0XCfyDmWZ- Formula 1 (@F1) December 1, 2020 An F1 statement said, “The FIA, Formula 1 and the Mercedes team can confirm today that Lewis Hamilton tested positive for Covid-19 during the mandatory PRC test ahead of the Sakhir Grand Prix. “He will now be isolated in compliance with Covid-19 protocols. Contacts were all registered. The 35-year-old exhibited “mild symptoms” the morning after the Bahrain Grand Prix, where he claimed his 11th victory of the season, Hamilton’s Mercedes team said. Lewis was tested three times last week and received a negative result every time, most recently at the Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday afternoon as part of the regular race weekend test program,” a statement from the Formula One team read. pic. twitter.com/iNtf5WwVoB- Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) December 1, 2020 “However, he woke up with mild on Monday morning. “Lewis therefore underwent a further test and returned a positive result. This has since been confirmed by a retest,” continued the Mercedes statement. “Lewis is now being isolated in accordance with Covid 19 protocols and public health guidelines in Bahrain.Lewis Hamilton won Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix (Giuseppe Cacace/AP) “In addition to mild symptoms, he is otherwise fit and healthy and the whole team sends him best wishes for a rapid recovery. “Last week, Hamilton posted videos of him playing tennis with his father Anthony on his Instagram account and walking along a beach. In another video, the Mercedes driver was seen riding with Anthony and his friend Daniel “Spinz” Forrest in the same car. Although both his father and Forrest wore masks, there were no face coverings on Hamilton. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Lewis Hamilt