Lewis Hamilton infected with coronavirus and will miss Sakhir Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton infected with coronavirus and will miss Sakhir Grand Prix

December 1, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

The performance of the seven-time world champion is also under threat in the final race of the season – the bright Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

British racing driver Lewis Hamilton, who competes for Mercedes in Formula 1, has tested positive for coronavirus. Thus, he will definitely not take part in the Sakhir Grand Prix, which will take place this week – from 4 to 6 December. Also questionable is Lewis’s participation in the final Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which will be held from December 11 to 13. At the same time, all three tests of the British for coronavirus last week were negative.

This will not affect the position in the world championship – Hamilton won the world title 3 stages before the finish. Therefore, a confident lead in the overall standings turned out to be more useful than ever. Note that Hamilton could have won a sixth victory in a row, which is a very rare achievement for F1. The record holder for this indicator is Alberto Ascari with 9 consecutive Grand Prix titles. Mercedes has not yet announced who will replace Hamilton at the next Grand Prix.

The most obvious option is Stoffel Vandorn, who has a reserve pilot contract with Mercedes. The second reserve Esteban Gutierrez has about the same chances. It is possible that George Russell can also sit in the Mercedes car, but he is associated with the Williams team.

This would be very interesting to compare Russell’s form to Valtteri Bottas.
Another shady contender is Niko Hulkenberg, an out-of-contract driver who very successfully replaced Sergio Perez at the start of the season. Well, the most incredible of the possible options will be participation in the Grand Prix of Nico Rosberg – recall that the German won the title with Mercedes in 2016, after which he immediately ended his career.