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Mercedes respond to Hamilton's positive test: Minor symptoms on Monday

Mercedes respond to Hamilton's positive test: "Minor symptoms on Monday"

01-12-2020 07:35

Lewis Hamilton will not compete in the Sakhir Grand Prix after testing positive for the corona virus on Monday. According to Mercedes, the Briton has minor complaints, but otherwise still feels fit and healthy.

"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," the Mercedes statement read. It then reveals more details about his testing process.

No Sakhir Grand Prix for Hamilton

"Lewis was tested three times last week and returned a negative result each time, the last of which was on Sunday afternoon at the Bahrain International Circuit as part of the standard race weekend testing programme. However, he woke up on Monday morning with mild symptoms and was informed at the same time that a contact prior to arrival in Bahrain had subsequently tested positive. Lewis therefore took a further test and returned a positive result. This has since been confirmed by a retest," it continued. 

Just like the FIA, Mercedes also announced that Hamilton is now in isolation. "Lewis is now isolating in accordance with COVID-19 protocols and public health authority guidelines in Bahrain. Apart from mild symptoms, he is otherwise fit and well, and the entire team sends him its very best wishes for a swift recovery. We will announce our replacement driver plans for this weekend in due course."