Richmond Times-Dispatch

Hamilton fit to race after COVID-19 recovery

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Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has recovered from the coronaviru­s and will race at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend, the Mercedes team said Thursday.

Hamilton’s presence at the Yas Marina circuit means that George Russell returns to drive for Williams in Sunday’s race.

The seven-time world champion tested positive for COVID-19 the day after winning the Bahrain GP on Nov. 29 and missed last weekend’s Sakhir GP in Bahrain as he self-isolated for 10 days.

“Lewis tested negative for COVID-19 on Wednesday prior to completion of his self-isolation period in Bahrain. This enabled him to travel to Abu Dhabi on Thursday afternoon, and he tested negative on arrival,” Mercedes said in a statement. “Lewis has therefore completed the protocols required by the FIA for his entry to the paddock and will be able to take part in the race weekend.”

Governing body FIA confirmed that Hamilton was free to leave Bahrain according to the health authority regulation­s in place.

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