Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), tested positive for Covid-19 will not be able to participate in the first Grand Prix of the season, this Sunday in Bahrain. Nico Hulkenberg will replace the German driver.
Nico Hulkenberg will compete for Aston Martin at Formula 1’s Bahrain Grand Prix after Sebastian Vettel returned a positive Covid-19 test.
Aston Martin announced on Thursday morning, ahead of the season-opener, that Vettel returned a positive test.
Hulkenberg, the team’s reserve driver, will take his place.
It is the first event that Vettel has missed since stepping up to Formula 1 with Toro Rosso in mid-2007.
It’s also the third time the Aston Martin team has been affected, with Sergio Perez missing both Silverstone races in 2020 and Lance Stroll not able to participate in the Eifel Grand Prix.
The other driver to miss races was Kimi Raikkonen, who tested positive for COVID-19 during the Dutch Grand Prix weekend last year and could not race at Zanvdoort or Monza, with Robert Kubica taking his place.
Hulkenberg last competed in Formula 1 at the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix
McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo missed last week’s Bahrain test because of COVID-19, but has been given the green light to return for this weekend’s race.
BREAKING F1 – Positive for Covid-19, Vettel replaced by Hulkenberg BREAKING F1 – Positive for Covid-19, Vettel replaced by Hulkenberg
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