Reigning champ Hamilton set to miss Sakhir GP

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2020 FIA Formula One World Championship 

2020 Sakhir Grand Prix

Bahrain International Circuit

Sakhir, Bahrain 
Sunday, 6 December 2020
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is set to miss the penultimate race of the 2020 season which is the Sakhir Grand Prix.
The British superstar has won the last five races in the 2020 season and he has already clinched the 2020 Formula One world title. 
Hamilton beat Red Bull driver Max Verstappen to the Bahrain Grand Prix title in the most recent race in the current season last weekend. 

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Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon finished second and third respectively at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Hamilton is sitting pretty at the top of the Drivers' Championship standings having accumulated 332 points from 15 races.
His win at the Turkish Grand Prix on November 15 saw him seal his seventh drivers' title, equalling Ferrari legend Michael Schumacher's record of seven World Championship titles.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas is still placed second with 201 points on the standings, while Verstappen remains in third place having collected 189 points with two races left.

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Formula One released the following statement confirming that Hamilton will miss this weekend's Sakhir Grand Prix after testing positive for coronavirus. 
"Mercedes will be without Lewis Hamilton for this coming weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain after the seven-time world champion tested positive for Covid-19," a statement read. 
"Hamilton, who sealed this year’s title in Turkey and won Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix, was tested three times last week including Sunday afternoon as part of the regular testing programme, returning a negative result each time according to Mercedes."
"However, on Monday morning, he woke up with mild symptoms and was informed at the same time that a contact prior to arrival in Bahrain had subsequently tested positive."
"Hamilton took another test and this returned a positive result. A subsequent retest confirmed the result. He is now isolating in accordance with Covid-19 protocols and public health guidelines in Bahrain."
Mercedes, who have been crowned 2020 Formula One world constructors champions, are placed at the top of the standings with an unassailable lead of 533 points.
They are followed by second-placed Red Bull and third-placed McLaren, who have accumulated 274 points and 171 points with two races left.

2020 Bahrain Grand Prix results

Winner: Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes  
Runner-Up: Max Verstappen - Red Bull
Third-Place: Alexander Albon - Red Bull 

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Published: 12/03/2020