Big Breaking Lewis Hamilton Tests Positive for Coronavirus: The Champion Will Miss Sakhir GP This Weekend. Mercedes To Announce Replacement Soon
The big breaking news for the F1 fans came in Tuesday as the Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton tested positive for coronavirus. He will not be a part of upcoming Sakhir GP on Sunday, however, there are doubts about him participating in season finale. The final race of the season is scheduled to take place on November 13 in Abu Dhabi and Lewis isolation period will end on Thursday December 10th.
Mercedes On Lewis Being Tested Positive for Coronavirus
Earlier Mercedes issue a statement to provide clarity on the situation and declared a replacement will be announced in due course.
— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) December 1, 2020
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.”
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Lewis On Him Being Tested Positive
In a tweet the champ addressed his fans informing them about his current situation, and how he is feeling.
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) December 1, 2020
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 10 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.”
How It Will Effect The Current Season Championship
Lewis absence from Sakhir will open a bundle of opportunities to others. Their is tough fight going on for the 3rd place in constructor championship. Now midfield team will fancy their chance against the new driver that will announced by Mercedes shortly. Max Verstappen will see this as a huge opportunity to bring home a win, he will fancy himself against Bottas and try to give him a tough fight for the second spot. He is just 12 points behind Bottas in Drivers’ championship, Bottas did not have a good outing in Bahrain last Sunday, he started from the front row but finished 8th.
There is some tough fight going on for the fourth spot as well, now, Ricciardo, Perez and Leclerc can smell a podium opportunity. Since there is no clarity whether Lewis will be able to take part in season finale, this is going to make things more interesting. We are up for an exciting race weekend unfortunately without the champ.