Breaking news in the world of Formula 1 today: Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Sakhir Grand Prix.
This news comes right on the heels of Hamilton winning the Bahrain Grand Prix—a race marred by one of the worst crashes in recent Formula 1 history. Hamilton is currently part of a three-race Formula 1 bubble spanning the Bahrain, Sakhir, and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix being held at the Bahrain International Circuit and Yas Marina Circuit.
According to a statement by Formula 1, Hamilton woke up this morning with mild symptoms. Someone who came into contact prior to his arrival in Bahrain subsequently tested positive, and following a COVID-19 test, the six-time World Champion did so as well.
Hamilton is now in isolation in accordance with protocols, though Mercedes says the driver is doing “otherwise fit and well.” Close contacts are now undergoing testing following his positive test result.
The Sakhir Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on December 7, while the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is set for December 20. Still no word as to whether or not he will be available for the Abu Dhabi GP, though, as he will need a negative test result before making a return.
Hamilton is the third Formula 1 driver to test positive for COVID-19 following Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll earlier this season.