F1: World Champion Lewis Hamilton tests positive for coronavirus

Lewis Hamilton wins Tuscan Grand Prix for his 90th GP win
  • Lewis Hamilton is said to be  having mild symptoms but is otherwise fit and well
  • Hamilton will miss this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix after his diagnosis
  • The seven-time Formula One world champion is now in isolation

Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for coronavirus just days after winning the Bahrain Grand Prix. 

The seven-time Formula One world champion is confined to a hotel room for 10 days in isolation after his positive result was announced on Tuesday morning and will miss the upcoming Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain this weekend.

The 35-year-old Hamilton came down with mild symptoms on Monday morning and has returned two positive tests since.

Hamilton, who wrapped up his record-equalling seventh world championship in Turkey last month, is the third driver to have contracted the illness.

Sergio Perez missed the British and 70th Anniversary Grands Prix at Silverstone in August, while his Racing Point team-mate Lance Stroll also tested positive following October’s Eifel Grand Prix in Germany.

Hamilton won this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, his 11th triumph of 2020, in a race that will be better remembered for Romain Grosjean’s remarkable escape from his fireball inferno.

His positive test and withdrawal means that he will miss out on matching Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel’s joint record for the most number of victories in a year – which he could have managed by winning the final two rounds in Bahrain next Sunday and at the season-decider in Abu Dhabi on December 13.