George Russell won’t get the possibility for a shot at redemption in Abu Dhabi this weekend after world champion Lewis Hamilton was declared match to race, following one race off while recovering from Covid-19.
Hamilton will thus reclaim his Mercedes seat, with Russell – who’d crammed the Briton’s seat so properly on the Sakhir Grand Prix – returning to Williams and Jack Aitken thrust back into reserve duties for the Grove-primarily based staff.
The FIA, Formula 1 and Mercedes confirmed that Hamilton had handed plenty of destructive Covid-19 assessments after finishing a ten-day quarantine interval in Bahrain. He has already arrived in Abu Dhabi the place he examined destructive an extra time – a requirement earlier than gaining entry to the F1 paddock.
With Hamilton’s state of affairs unclear earlier in the day, Russell and Aitken had gone through pre-race preparations with Mercedes and Williams respectively, with each eager to lengthen their momentary positions. Nonetheless, Hamilton now returns wanting to finish a historic season for himself on a excessive, with a twelfth victory of the 12 months in his sights at a monitor he’s gained at 5 occasions beforehand.