Abu Dhabi (dpa) – Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton (35) returns to his Mercedes after his positive coronavirus test at the season finale in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

As the race team and world motorsport association Fia announced, the Briton will receive approval for the Grand Prix on Sunday (2.10 p.m. / RTL and Sky) after some negative corona tests.

Hamilton tested positive for the coronavirus twice a week ago and then had to be quarantined in Bahrain. As a result, he missed the penultimate World Cup run in Sakhir last Sunday, where Williams regular driver George Russell replaced him. The quarantine has ended and Hamilton traveled to Abu Dhabi on Thursday. On arrival he was tested negative and thus fulfilled the last condition for access to the Formula 1 paddock. He can participate in training there on Friday, Russell will drive for Williams again in the weekend.

Hamilton had previously said in a video about his infection, “This was definitely one of the toughest weeks I’ve had in a while.” At the same time, he announced that he would start in the last Grand Prix of the year if he were allowed to do so.

He is the new world champion since the Turkish Grand Prix in mid-November. However, his sporting future is unclear. Hamilton’s contract expires at the end of the year, with an extension for the Silver Arrows very likely.

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