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Hamilton to race in Abu Dhabi after testing COVID negative

December 11, 2020 09:23 IST
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Mercedes said Lewis Hamilton, 35, had already arrived at the Yas Marina circuit after ending 10 days of quarantine in Bahrain.

IMAGE: Mercedes said Lewis Hamilton, 35, had already arrived at the Yas Marina circuit after ending 10 days of quarantine in Bahrain. Photograph: Jennifer Lorenzini/Reuters

Seven times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton will return for Mercedes in Sunday's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after testing negative for COVID-19, the team said on Thursday.

 

Hamilton was replaced for last weekend's Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain by fellow Briton George Russell, who was unlucky not to win.

Mercedes said Hamilton, 35, had already arrived at the Yas Marina circuit after ending 10 days of quarantine in Bahrain.

Russell will now return to Williams, his regular team, with their reserve Jack Aitken standing down after his race debut last weekend.

"Lewis tested negative for COVID-19 on Wednesday prior to completion of his self-isolation period in Bahrain," Mercedes said in a statement.

"This enabled him to travel to Abu Dhabi on Thursday afternoon and he tested negative on arrival.

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