Lewis Hamilton won’t be taking part in this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix after he tested positive for Covid-19.
Mercedes confirmed the seven-time champion underwent three tests during race week at the Bahrain Grand Prix, all of which returned a negative result, but he woke up with mild symptoms on Monday, resulting in a further test which came back positive.
He has since learnt a contact prior to arriving in Bahrain has tested positive, and is now isolating according to guidelines in Bahrain.
The team says he only has mild symptoms and is otherwise well, with a replacement driver to be announced in due course.
Former McLaren and Formula E driver Stoffel Vandoorne is the team’s official reserve driver, but Williams’ George Russell, who is part of Mercedes’s young driver programme, could also be in the running.