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Lewis Hamilton was infected with COVID-19 and had to give up F1 Sakhir GP

Lewis Hamilton just won the Bahrain Grand Prix last week, but due to COVID-19, he missed an appointment with the Sakhir Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton was infected with COVID-19 so he did not attend the Sakhir Grand Prix, the penultimate race of the 2020 season. Before that, he just won Bahrain Grand Prix and it was the 11th victory this season.

This COVID-19 incident is too painful for Hamilton because if he wins the last two races in Sakhir and Abu Dhabi, the British driver will match Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel’s record of 13 Grand Prix wins in one season. But now, Hamilton is put on quarantine after being examined three times last week. The previous times have been negative, including the last time on Sunday.

Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix 2020

He woke up with a mild fever on Monday morning and was told that someone who had contacted him before coming to Bahrain had later turned positive. Another test performed confirmed that Hamilton was infected with COVID-19.

This season, Bahrain held two consecutive F1 races

Hamilton just won the Bahrain Grand Prix, but due to a COVID-19 infection, he did not attend the Sakhir Grand Prix 2020 this weekend.

Max Verstappen (left) and Lewis Hamilton at Bahrain Grand Prix 2020.

As soon as the news that Lewis Hamilton was stuck with COVID-19, one of the things that the organizers of Sakhir Grand Prix 2020 are most worried about must be whether there are any F1 stars to follow. The focus was on Max Verstappen because Red Bull’s racer had 7 contacts with the World Champion.

Fortunately, Max Verstappen’s sample was negative. Before that at the Bahrain Grand Prix, Verstappen not only stood on the same stage to win with Hamilton, but also awarded the Cup to the British driver, and they attended the press conference together.

Hamilton’s absence is seen as an opportunity for Verstappen to win the Sakhir Grand Prix when the main rival seems to be just Mercedes Valtteri Bottas. Of course, it is impossible to ignore the fact that Mercedes transferred George Russell from Williams to temporarily replace Hamilton.

In real life, Lewis Hamilton’s shoes are too small for George Russell’s size, but on the track, no one thinks that young British talent has enough power to fit the legendary men’s shoes.