Lewis Hamilton Recovers From COVID-19, Gets Green Light To Race At Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Abu Dhabi: Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has recovered from the coronavirus and will race at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend.

“Lewis tested negative for COVID-19 on Wednesday prior to completion of his self-isolation period in Bahrain. This enabled him to travel to Abu Dhabi on Thursday afternoon, and he tested negative on arrival,” Mercedes said in a statement.

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

Hamilton’s presence at the Yas Marina circuit means that George Russell returns to drive for Williams in Sunday’s race.

The FIA, Formula 1 and Mercedes confirmed that Hamilton had passed a number of negative Covid-19 tests after completing a 10-day quarantine period in Bahrain. He has already arrived in Abu Dhabi where he tested negative a further time – a requirement before gaining access to the F1 paddock.

Governing body FIA confirmed that Hamilton was free to leave Bahrain according to the health authority regulations in place.

There are two practice sessions in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

The seven-time world champion tested positive for COVID-19 the day after winning the Bahrain GP on November 29.