LEWIS HAMILTON will miss the Sakhir Grand Prix after testing positive for coronavirus.
Mercedes confirmed the 35-year-old has 'mild symptoms' and will now self-isolate.
Hamilton returned a positive just days after he cruised to the 11th victory of his title-winning season at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The British superstar was tested three times last week including on Sunday afternoon at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Despite returning three negative tests, Hamilton woke up Monday morning with minor symptoms of Covid-19.
A statement from Mercedes read: "The Mercedes-AMG Petronas Team regrets to announce that Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be unable to take part in this weekend's Sakhir GP.
"Lewis was tested three times last week and returned a negative result each time, the last of which was on Sunday afternoon at the Bahrain International Circuit as part of the standard race weekend testing programme.
"However, he woke up on Monday morning with mild symptoms and was informed at the same time that a contact prior to arrival Bahrain had subsequently tested positive.
"Lewis therefore took a further test and returned a positive result. This has since been confirmed by a retest.
"Lewis is now isolating in accordance with COVID-19 protocols and public health authority guidelines.
"Apart from mild symptoms, he is otherwise fit and well, and the entire team sends him our very best wishes for a swift recovery."
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