Lewis Hamilton tests positive for COVID-19, will miss Sakhir Grand Prix
Another athlete falls victim to COVID-19, with Formula 1 superstar Lewis Hamilton testing positive for the coronavirus.
The F1 organization confirmed the development on their social media accounts, noting that the Mercedes driver will miss the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain this weekend due to the shocking test result.
Hamilton has to self-isolate, which means teammate Valtteri Bottas will have to carry the Mercedes flag alone when they re-enter the Bahrain International Circuit this week for the practice, qualifying race and official competition.
BREAKING: Lewis Hamilton will miss this weekend's Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain after a positive test for Covid-19 pic.twitter.com/c0XCfyDmWZ
— Formula 1 (@F1) December 1, 2020
Lewis Hamilton is fresh from a big win this past Sunday in the Bahrain Grand Prix. He narrowly edged out Red Bull racing top driver Max Verstappen for the title in a race that turned chaotic after Romain Grosjean’s car caught fire.
For what it’s worth though, the positive COVID-19 result won’t have much effect on Hamilton’s standings since he has already secured the driver’s championship in what has been a dominant 2020 for him. He (332 points) is 131 points ahead of Bottas, who is in second place with 201 points.
Mercedes won’t also be concerned with the absence of their 35-year-old lead driver, especially since they have already taken their seventh straight Constructors’ title earlier in November. Again, Hamilton led them to victory after topping the Romagna Grand Prix.
It remains to be seen how long Lewis will be out, but after the Sakhir GP, their next race will be on December 13 in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.