“He is fit and well, and the whole team wishes him a speedy recovery,” Mercedes said in a statement.
Tested three times last week, including Hamilton, according to Mercedes Sunday at the Bahrain International Circuit, There he won the Bahrain Grand Prix. He gave a negative result every time.
The 35-year-old Britain reportedly woke up with mild symptoms on Monday morning and tested positive for an acquaintance before arriving in Bahrain. He tested further and gave a positive result, which was confirmed by retest.
The replacement driver will be announced this weekend, Mercedes said. Last weekend in November and first in December, Bahrain hosted the F1’s third double-header for the 2020 season.
Hamilton’s victory on Sunday marked the 95th victory of his career.
Hamilton’s victory at the Turkish Grand Prix last month saw F1’s most successful driver Michael Schumacher win seven world titles.
Hamilton had 11 wins in 2020, equivalent to his personal race victory record for the F1 season. Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel jointly hold the F1 record with 13 wins in a season, and Hamilton’s departure from Zakhir GP means Britain will not reach that milestone.
This breaking story has been updated with additional reporting.
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