Hamilton tests negative for Covid-19, will return to race in Abu Dhabi · RaceFans

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Lewis Hamilton has tested negative for Covid-19 and will return to the cockpit at this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

A joint statement issued by the FIA, Formula 1 and Mercedes confirmed Hamilton has “returned a number of negative Covid-19 tests.”

“He has completed his 10-day quarantine in Bahrain and was free to leave the country according to the Bahraini health authority regulations,” said the statement. “Lewis has now arrived in Abu Dhabi following confirmation from the authorities that he could do so and after quarantining has now received a further negative test result.

“The FIA Covid-19 protocols remain clear and have not changed. A negative pre-test result is necessary to be given access to the Formula 1 Paddock as set out in Appendix S to the International Sporting Code and another negative test result no more than 24 hours following arrival is required. Lewis, having now tested negative in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi will be granted access to the Paddock.

“The FIA, Formula 1 and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team can today confirm that Lewis Hamilton has returned a number of negative COVID-19 tests.”

Hamilton originally tested positive for Covid-19 on the Monday following the Bahrain Grand Prix. Mercedes confirmed he subsequently tested negative yesterday “prior to completion of his self-isolation period in Bahrain.”

He subsequent travelled to Abu Dhabi today, where he completed a further Covid-19 test and was gain found to be free of the virus.

“Lewis has therefore completed the protocols required by the FIA for his entry to the paddock tomorrow and will be able to take part in the race weekend,” Mercedes added.

Hamilton’s return to action means George Russell will not be required as a substitute and return to Williams for this weekend’s race. Jack Aitken, who substituted for Russell at the Sakhir Grand Prix, will therefore not take part in this weekend’s race.

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