Lewis Hamilton is now set for a period of self isolation after testing positive for coronavirus. The Brit recently won the Bahrain Grand Prix. But he’s recorded the positive test during mandatory pre-race PCR testing for the Sakhir Grand Prix
A statement from F1 read: “The FIA, Formula 1 and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team can today confirm that during mandatory pre-race PCR testing for the Sakhir Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19.
“In accordance with COVID-19 protocols and public health authority guidelines in Bahrain he is now isolating. All contacts have been declared.
“The procedures set out by the FIA and Formula 1 will ensure no wider impact on this weekend’s event.”
The statement suggests that everybody Hamilton has recently been in contact with has been informed, and they’re now set to do the same.
Mercedes have released their own statement, too, saying:
Mercedes’ own statement read: “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 is now isolating in accordance with COVID-19 protocols and public health authority guidelines.
“Apart from mild symptoms, he is otherwise fit and well, and the entire team sends him over very best wishes for a swift recovery.
“We will announce our replacement driver plans for this weekend in due course.”
Meanwhile, in other F1 news, the sport is still reeling from Romain Grosjean’s crash at the Bahrian Grand Prix on Sunday.
The Frenchman crashed in the first lap of the race with his car going up in flames.
With a tank full of petrol, the vehicle melted through the metal barrier that Grosjean collided with – as well as melting his visor.
Fortunately, he escaped with only minor burns and Hamilton said of the incident: “It was such a shocking image to see,” said Hamilton.
“When I get in the car I know that I’m taking risks and I respect the dangers that are in this sport. I posted about it [on Twitter] whilst we were in that break because it’s horrifying.
“I don’t know what G [forces] he pulled but I’m so grateful that the Halo worked, I’m grateful that the barrier didn’t slice his head up or something like that.
“It could have been so much worse.
“But it’s a reminder to us and hopefully the people that are watching that this is a dangerous sport and that is why we are out there pushing to the limit and playing with that limit, but you also have to respect it.”
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