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Lewis Hamilton, Formula One driver tests positive for COVID-19

 The 35-year-old racer Lewis Hamilton seem going to miss the Formula 1 Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain after testing positive for COVID-19.




He was tested three times last week before the Grand Prix opening, where he experienced mild symptoms and now in 10-day isolation.





The Mercedes driver was informed at the same time that a person he had contact with prior to his arrival in Bahrain had subsequently tested positive. He then made a confirmatory test, showing positive in a later retest.




"Hi, guys, I'm devastated that I won't be racing this weekend. Since we started the season in June. My team and i have been taking all the precautions we possibly can and following the regulations everywhere we've been in order to stay safe.




"Unfortunately, even though I returned three negative results this past week. I woke up yesterday morning with mild symptoms and requested another test which come back positive. I've immediately gone into self-isolation for ten days," Hamilton said in an Instagram post.




Mercedes, however, say they will announce Hamilton's temporary replacement "in due course". Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Gutierrez are the team's reserve drivers, but it is not clear if the F1's world champions will turn for the race. 



Hamilton's period of isolation ends next Thursday. 

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