Sebastian Vettel will miss the Bahrain Grand Prix after testing constructive for COVID-19, with Nico Hulkenberg changing him at Aston Martin.
The constructive take a look at is the second among the many present grid up to now this season earlier than the primary race has even begun, with Daniel Ricciardo testing constructive final week. Whereas Ricciardo has now examined unfavorable a number of instances and is free to finish isolation at the moment and return to driving, Vettel’s end result guidelines him out of the total opening weekend, which means reserve driver Hulkenberg will race as a substitute.
Hulkenberg will probably be within the automobile from FP1 onwards and might want to stand up to hurry rapidly, having not pushed the 2022 automobile at any stage in pre-season testing. Hulkenberg’s final begin in an F1 automobile was on the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix, the place he substituted for Lance Stroll. That was certainly one of two appearances he made that season, as Sergio Perez additionally examined constructive for COVID-19 and missed the 2 Silverstone races.
The timing of the end result means there’s a likelihood Vettel will be capable of full his necessary isolation in Bahrain in time to return to the grid in Saudi Arabia subsequent week.
Vettel’s absence means this weekend would be the first grand prix occasion with out Vettel collaborating because the 2007 European Grand Prix on the Nurburgring, the race earlier than he was promoted to Toro Rosso. Vettel has failed to begin only one race in that point, as his Ferrari hit reliability points on the way in which to the grid in Bahrain in 2016.