The Briton has been quarantined. Hamilton is the third driver in Formula 1 to have tested positive for the corona virus. Earlier that happened to the Mexican Sergio Pérez and the Canadian Lance Stroll.
“He woke up on Monday with mild symptoms and at the same time heard that someone he had been in contact with before traveling to Bahrain last week had tested positive,” explained his Mercedes racing stable. Hamilton has also undergone a test with a positive result. “That was subsequently confirmed with another test,” said Mercedes.
Hamilton is ‘devastated’
Hamilton, who feels good, is “devastated” that he will not be able to make his appearance in Formula 1 this weekend. The British world champion is infected with the corona virus, but says he has done everything he can not to catch the virus. walk.
“Since we started the season in June, I have followed all measures and took precautions,” Hamilton, 35, said on social media. “Although I tested negative three times last week, I woke up on Monday with mild complaints. I have requested another test and it turned out positive. I immediately went into quarantine for ten days. ”
Hamilton says he is ‘devastated’ of his positive corona test.
Hamilton prepares in quarantine for the final race of the season, on December 13 in Abu Dhabi. “I am extremely disappointed to not be able to race, but my priority is to follow protocols and protect others,” said the seven-time world champion.
Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, ahead of Max Verstappen. The Briton already won his seventh world title in Turkey. Two more grands prix follow.
The Formula 1 organization stated that Hamilton had been tested three times in the past week, as prescribed by the protocol around a race weekend. Each time, the last time on Sunday, the result had been negative.
Mercedes will announce as soon as possible who will replace Hamilton for the upcoming grand prix. Test drivers at the racing stable are the Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne and the Mexican Esteban Gutiérrez.
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