Sebastian Vettel will MISS the Bahrain Grand Prix after testing positive for Covid, with Formula One veteran Nico Hulkenberg drafted in by Aston Martin for the season’s first race

Sebastian Vettel is to miss the Bahrain Grand Prix after he has tested positive for Covid-19. Vettel will be replaced by his German countryman Nico Hulkenberg, who last raced as a stand-in during the 2020 season. The statement read: ‘Sebastian Vettel has tested positive for Covid-19 and will not therefore be taking part in the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix. Remarkably, it will be the first race weekend since the 2007 European Grand Prix that a Formula One race doesn’t have Vettel as an official competitor. In that time there has only been one race that he has failed to start, at the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix, where the engine in his Ferrari packed in on the warm-up lap.

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