Seven-time world F1 champion Lewis Hamilton will miss the Sakhir Grand Prix after testing positive for COVID-19. The competition is set to take place this weekend, however, his Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team said that after returning three negative results last week, Hamilton began to display mild symptoms on Monday morning and was informed that contact from before his arrival in Bahrain had tested positive. In accordance with health protocols, Hamilton is in isolation in Bahrain.
With Bahrain hosting the third-double header of the 2020 season from the last week in November to the first week in December, Merceded has announced that a replacement driver would be brought in due course. Hamilton currently has a lead in the competition with 332 points, well ahead of teammates Valtteri Bottas with 201 points and Max Verstappen with 189 points.
Hamilton’s victory in November saw him equal Michael Schumacher’s tally of seven world titles, while his victory on Sunday saw him claim a record-extending 95th win of his career.