According to Formula One’s official website, world champion and Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for Covid-19. Testing drivers and team members ahead of each Grand Prix is a standard procedure. So far in the season, several others have also tested positive, such as Racing Point’s Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll.
Reports on Hamilton’s condition indicate that he is feeling well, and only experiencing mild Covid-19 symptoms. This should be great news for him and his fans, considering a potential return for Abu Dhabi in a little short of two weeks. Lewis’ second race in Bahrain, however, should be ruled out at this point. And due to Abu Dhabi’s strict Covid rules, Lewis might even be forced to skip the 2020 season finale.
Formula E Mercedes driver Stoffel Vandoorne is most likely the person to replace Hamilton for the upcoming weekend in Bahrain. Besides him, two other racers are being talked about – Nico Hulkenberg and Williams’ George Russell. We already know that Haas reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi is scheduled to replace Romain Grosjean for the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain after last week’s crash that almost claimed his life. Mercedes, however, are the dominating team of 2020. Therefore, whoever gets to replace Lewis would have a much better chance at stepping on the podium, and even fight for the win.
NOTE: Lewis Hamilton has never before missed a Formula One Grand Prix throughout his 14-season-long career. He is the current record holder for the most consecutive entries (265) that include every single race weekend between the 2007 Australian GP and the 2020 Bahrain GP. This would likely remain the all-time record for a long, long time…
UPDATE: Williams’ driver George Russell is set to replace Lewis for the Sakhir Grand Prix coming up this weekend. This is a very exciting and unusual moment because we are about to witness how a driver with 0 points from a struggling team will get in the car of the current dominating world champion. A very good driver, indeed, whose chance with this Mercedes gig is of great importance for his career. More on that later.