Russian Formula One driver Nikita Mazepin will miss the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after testing positive for COVID-19.
The Haas driver returned the result at an on-site test at Yas Marina Circuit. A re-test also came back positive, Formula One said on Sunday. A joint statement on Mazepin’s positive test said: “The FIA, Formula 1 and Haas F1 Team can today confirm that during onsite PCR testing for the 2021 FIA Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Nikita Mazepin has tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with COVID-19 protocols, he will take no further part in this Event. All contacts have been declared.”
BREAKING: Nikita Mazepin will not race in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after a positive test for Covid-19
Mazepin is experiencing only mild symptoms, and is now isolating in accordance with Covid-19 protocols
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There will be no replacement driver in accordance with article 31.1 of the 2021 FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations, which prohibits any driver from starting the race who has not taken part in at least one practice session.
According to Formula One, reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi is in Abu Dhabi, however, because the Brazilian hasn’t taken part in at least one session this weekend, he is not eligible to stand in. As a result, Haas will run just one car – with Mick Schumacher at the wheel – for Sunday’s race. The German will line up 19th. Mazepin was set to start from the 20th.