Reigning Formula 1 champions Lewis Hamilton is set to return in action for Mercedes-AMG Petronas at the final race of the 2020 season in Abu Dhabi on 13th December.
After contracting Coronavirus earlier this month, Lewis Hamilton skipped the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain as he stayed in quarantine for ten days until he took a test recently and tested negative. The 35-year-old was allowed to travel to Abu Dhabi yesterday afternoon and tested negative on arrival too, giving him the green signal to make a return for the grande finale of the 2020 Formula 1 season at Yas Marina Circuit.
Photograph credit: Mercedes AMG-Petronas
George Russell, a fast-rising star on the motorsports scene, replaced Hamilton at the Sakhir GP, finishing ninth in the race, after the likes of Sergio Pérez, Esteban Ocon, Lance Stroll and Carlos Sainz Jr.
“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.
Lewis has therefore completed the protocols required by the FIA for his entry to the paddock tomorrow and will be able to take part in the race weekend.”Mercedes AMG-Petronas
Meanwhile, the governing body of motorsport, Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) emphasized their Coronavirus guidelines remain unchanged, explaining “A negative pre-test result is necessary to be given access to the Formula 1 Paddock as set out in Appendix S to the International Sporting Code and another negative test result no more than 24 hours following arrival is required.”
Abu Dhabi GP, kicks off with the race weekend tomorrow onwards, followed by hotly-anticipated race on 13th December.
(Featured photograph credit: Mercedes AMG-Petronas)