Lewis Hamilton will certainly not be able to play at the Formula 1 GP S at the weekend after being confirmed Covid-19. Even though he has locked the title this season, Mercedes still has to find a replacement.
For information, Lewis Hamilton was confirmed to have contracted Covid-19 last Tuesday (01/12). Actually, Hamilton tested negative after going through three tests, but then on Monday (30/11) he felt mild symptoms when he woke up.
On that same day, Hamilton then did two PCR tests and the results of both tests showed that he was indeed positive for Covid-19.
With these results, the 35-year-old racer must undergo independent isolation and will certainly be absent from the Grand Prix at the weekend.
Indeed, Lewis Hamilton has secured the Formula 1 GP title this season, even so, Mercedes AMG Petronas must still provide another rider to replace him.
Previously it was known that Mercedes had two of their reserve riders, Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Gutierrez. But unexpectedly, the British team instead appointed George Russell to temporarily replace Hamilton at the Sakhir Grand Prix.
For information, George Russell himself is a junior Mercedes driver and has received support from the Silver Arrows during his career as a racer.
Obviously this is not an easy matter for young riders like George Russell to replace Lewis Hamilton, who has become world champion in the 2020 season.
This was also acknowledged by the 22-year-old man, who saw it as a rare opportunity and plans to do his best at the weekend.
“Obviously, nobody can replace Lewis, but I will do everything for his team as long as he is out since I got in the car.” Russell said as quoted from the Mercedes website.
Furthermore, do not forget Russell also wishes Lewis Hamilton the best so he can recover quickly from the virus.
“Most importantly, I wish him a speedy recovery. I am ready to welcome this opportunity and can’t wait to get off the track this week, “he said.