Lewis Hamilton plans to make a dramatic return to F1 on the final day of the 2020 season after the coronavirus battle … tests negative as a seven-time world champion and arrives in Abu Dhabi to recapture his place from Williams' George Russell
- Lewis Hamilton had to suspend the Sakhir Grand Prix last weekend
- It was the first race that he has missed since his Formula 1 debut in 2007
- George Russell stepped in and replaced him and almost won the race in Bahrain
- The FIA has confirmed that Hamilton has now tested negative for Covid-19
- He really wants to race and arrived in Abu Dhabi before the event on Sunday
Mercedes has flown Lewis Hamilton to Abu Dhabi for a dramatic return from Covid.
In secret, the world champion has received permission from the local authorities to arrive here on time for the end of the season on Sunday.
Hamilton, who tested positive for coronavirus last Tuesday, is desperate to be back in the cockpit after missing the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain – the first race he has missed since making his Formula 1 debut in 2007.
Lewis Hamilton will return to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after testing negative for Covid
Hamilton desperately wants to be back in the cockpit after missing the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain
Mercedes, who knew the depth of his desires, promised to give him until the last moment to prove his fitness.
Hamilton has served his 10-day quarantine in Bahrain. The FIA has confirmed that he tested negative for Covid, a requirement for entry into Abu Dhabi.
The entire F1 community is stationed on Yas Island near the track after being wiped down on arrival at the airport.
Although most of the 1,200-strong group arrived here on a series of charter flights on Monday, Hamilton was allowed the special touchdown arrangement on Thursday. He has already arrived.
This is bad news for George Russell, his English compatriot, who stepped in the breach a week ago and almost won the race only to be hit by a pit stop mistake and a flat tire.
George Russell had prepared to drive in Hamilton's Mercedes again this weekend
Russell impressed after representing Hamilton at the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain on Sunday