Sunday, June 20, 2021

World Champion Hamilton tests positive for coronavirus

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World champion Lewis Hamilton will miss this weekend's Formula 1 Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain after testing positive for coronavirus.

His team, Mercedes, said the Briton woke with mild symptoms on Monday and returned a positive result at a subsequent test and again at a retest.


Hamilton, who is now self-isolating, won the Bahrain Grand Prix at the same circuit on Sunday.


The 35-year-old said he is "devastated" to miss Sunday's race.


"I'm gutted not to be able to race this weekend but my priority is to follow the protocols and advice and protect others," he wrote in a post on Instagram.


"I am really lucky that I feel OK with only mild symptoms. Please look after yourselves out there. You can never be too careful."


Hamilton, 35, clinched his record-equalling seventh world title at the Turkish Grand Prix on 15 November.


Sunday's race will be the first Hamilton has missed since his F1 debut at the 2007 season-opening race in Australia.





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