Seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton just tested positive for COVID-19, and will have to drop out of the Sakhir Grand Prix this weekend!
Lewis Hamilton : Positive For COVID-19, Out Of Sakhir GP!
On 1 December 2020, FIA and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team confirmed that Lewis Hamilton tested positive for COVID-19.
The FIA, Formula 1 and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team can today confirm that during mandatory pre-race PCR testing for the Sakhir Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with COVID-19 protocols and public health authority guidelines in Bahrain he is now isolating. All contacts have been declared.
The procedures set out by the FIA and Formula 1 will ensure no wider impact on this weekend’s event.
It appears that Hamilton could possibly have been infected by a close contact, prior to arriving in Bahrain.
… he woke up on Monday morning with mild symptoms and was informed at the same time that a contact prior to arrival in Bahrain had subsequently tested positive. Lewis therefore took a further test and returned a positive result. This has since been confirmed by a retest.
What a tremendous stroke of bad luck for seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, who is now forced to drop out of the Sakhir Grand Prix. He will now have to self-isolate and watch the race from his hotel room.
The good news is the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team said that he is fit and well, apart from mild symptoms :
Apart from mild symptoms, he is otherwise fit and well, and the entire team sends him its very best wishes for a swift recovery.
Hamilton is now the third driver to contract COVID-19 during the 2020 F1 season, following Sergio Pérez in August, and then Lance Stroll in October.
As F1 regulations require him to test negative before being allowed back, it seems unlikely that he would be able to make it for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – the final race of the season, on 13 December 2020.
Mercedes Statement On Lewis Hamilton Testing Positive For COVID-19
This was the full statement by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team on Lewis Hamilton testing positive for COVID-19 :
The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team regrets to announce that Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be unable to take part in this weekend’s Sakhir GP.
Lewis was tested three times last week and returned a negative result each time, the last of which was on Sunday afternoon at the Bahrain International Circuit as part of the standard race weekend testing programme.
However, he woke up on Monday morning with mild symptoms and was informed at the same time that a contact prior to arrival in Bahrain had subsequently tested positive. Lewis therefore took a further test and returned a positive result. This has since been confirmed by a retest.
Lewis is now isolating in accordance with COVID-19 protocols and public health authority guidelines 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.
We will announce our replacement driver plans for this weekend in due course.
Lewis Hamilton : Devastated About COVID-19 Diagnosis
This was what Lewis Hamilton just posted on Twitter :
Hi guys, I’m devastated that I won’t be racing this weekend.
Since we started the season in June, my team and I have been taking all the precautions we possibly can and following the regulations everywhere we’ve been in order to stay safe.
Unfortunately, even though I returned three negative results this past week, I woke up yesterday morning with mild symptoms and requested another test which came back positive. I’ve immediately gone into self-isolation for ten days.
I’m gutted not to be able to race this weekend but my priority is to follow the protocols and advice to protect others.
I’m really lucky that I feel OK with only mild symptoms and will do my best to stay fit and healthy.
Please look after yourselves out there, you can never be too careful. These are worrying times for everyone and we need to make sure we are looking after ourselves and each other. Stay positive.
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