Hamilton set to return to motion in Abu Dhabi after unfavorable COVID-19 check

Lewis Hamilton is about to return to motion with Mercedes at this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after testing unfavorable for COVID-19.

The seven-time world champion missed final weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix after testing optimistic for COVID on the Monday earlier than the race and was changed Williams driver George Russell.

Earlier than the completion of 10 days in isolation in Bahrain, Hamilton examined unfavorable for COVID on Wednesday, permitting him to journey on Thursday to Abu Dhabi, the place he examined unfavorable for a second time on arrival within the United Arab Emirates.

“The FIA, Components One and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Staff can at the moment verify that Lewis Hamilton has returned numerous unfavorable COVID-19 exams,” an FIA assertion stated. “He has accomplished his ten-day quarantine in Bahrain and was free to go away the nation in response to the Bahraini well being authority rules.

“Lewis has now arrived in Abu Dhabi following affirmation from the authorities that he may achieve this and after quarantining has now obtained an extra unfavorable check consequence.

“The FIA COVID-19 protocols stay clear and haven’t modified. A unfavorable pre-test result’s essential to be given entry to the Components One Paddock as set out in Appendix S to the Worldwide Sporting Code and one other unfavorable check consequence not more than 24 hours following arrival is required.

“Lewis, having now examined unfavorable in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi can be granted entry to the paddock.”

Hamilton’s return to the paddock means he’ll be capable to participate within the first observe session for this weekend’s season finale.

Russell will return to Williams, that means his substitute for the Sakhir Grand Prix, Jack Aitken, won’t drive this weekend.

The information was confirmed the FIA on Thursday night when the governing physique revealed the official entry record for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with Hamilton at Mercedes and Russell at Williams.

Talking in a video posted on Instagram on Tuesday, Hamilton stated his week in isolation with the virus had been “one of many hardest weeks that I’ve had for a while”.

Russell completed ninth in Hamilton’s automotive on the Sakhir Grand Prix. He was on track to win the race earlier than a mistake at considered one of Mercedes’ pit stops resulted within the flawed tyres being fitted to his automotive, forcing him to make an extra pit cease earlier than a puncture dominated him out of the operating for victory.

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