George Russell’s time in the Mercedes cockpit is already over. The driver replaced Hamilton in the last race. After a corona infection, the world champion is fit for the final again.
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Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton returns to his Mercedes after his positive test for the corona virus this weekend in Abu Dhabi in the season finale. As the race team and world motorsport association Fia announced on Thursday evening, the Briton will receive approval for the Grand Prix on Sunday (2.10 p.m. / live ticker Chillreport) after some negative corona tests.
Hamilton back in the paddock
Hamilton was tested positive for the corona virus twice a week ago on Monday 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.
“One of the toughest weeks”
Hamilton said in a video about his infection on Tuesday, “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.