The Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton on Monday tested positive for covid-19. The test results come as the Sakhir Grand Prix scheduled for this weekend approaches meaning that he will not participate.
Lewis’ team, Mercedes, said the Briton woke up in the morning with mild symptoms on Monday and returned a positive result. This forced him to take a second test which also returned positive results for the virus. He immediately began his self-isolation to recover and curb the spread.
Mercedes said a replacement will be announced in the due course of the week.
‘’Apart from mild symptoms, he is otherwise fit and well and the entire team sends him our very best wishes for a swift recovery,’’ a statement said.
Lewis Hamilton who is now self-isolating won the Bahrain Grand Prix at the same circuit on Sunday. This Sunday’s race will be the first he has missed since his F1 debut at the 2007 season-opening race in Australia.
Hamilton must return a negative test before he can return to the paddock pointing out that he might miss the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi on 13 December. Mercedes reported that Hamilton was tested three times last week and he returned negative results on all three occasions.
Hamilton has become the third Formula 1 driver to test positive for the coronavirus following Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll.
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