Covid-Hit has replaced Sebastian Vettel Nico Huelkenberg for the Bahrain Grand Prix

Photograph from Vettel’s archive© AFP

Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel has tested positive for Covid-19 and will be replaced by Nico Huelkenberg for the start of the Bahrain Grand Prix, the Aston Martin team said on Thursday. Vettel, a 34-year-old German veteran, is the second driver to test positive for coronavirus after Daniel Ricciardo since pre-season testing began, but the McLaren driver will be fit for the race.

In a statement from Aston Martin: “Sebastian Vettel has been positive in Covid-19 and will therefore not be taking part in the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix.

“AMR22 will replace Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team reserve driver Nico Huelkenberg, who will be in the car from FP1 onwards.”

The 34-year-old Huelkenberg Aston Martin reserve driver was last in F1 in 2020.


F1 has made it mandatory for all drivers and team members to be vaccinated this year.

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