Sebastian Vettel to miss Bahrain GP after testing positive for Covid-19

The four-time world champion will be replaced by his fellow German Nico Hülkenberg for Sunday’s season-opening race at the Sakhir circuit. Aston Martin’s Vettel becomes the second F1 driver to contract the virus within the last week. A statement from Aston Martin read: “Sebastian Vettel has tested positive for Covid-19 and will not therefore be taking part in the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix. Replacing him in the AMR22 will be Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team reserve driver Nico Hülkenberg, who will be in the car from FP1 onwards.”The race will be only the second that Vettel has not started since the European Grand Prix in 2007; the other was in Bahrain in 2016. Aston Martin’s reserve driver Hülkenberg, 34, last competed in F1 in 2020.

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