Aston Martin has confirmed Sebastian Vettel will return to race in the Australian Grand Prix, after missing the first two races of the season.tested positive for Covid-19 prior to the Bahrain Grand Prix, prompting the team’s reserve driver Nico Hülkenberg to replace the four-times champion. Hulkenberg remained in the seat for the second round of the championship one week later in Saudi Arabia.
“We are pleased to confirm that Sebastian Vettel is now fit to race and will therefore line up alongside Lance Stroll in Melbourne to kick off his 2022 F1 season,” said the team in a statement on social media.
Aston Martin are yet to score a point so far this season. Stroll finished 12th for the team in Bahrain, a result Hulkenberg repeated in Jeddah.
Notable positive Covid-19 cases in F1
|18/3/2020||One team member||McLaren||Race subsequently cancelled|
|30/07/2020||Sergio Perez||Racing Point||Missed British and 70th Anniversary grands prix|
|08/10/2020||Six team members||Mercedes|
|13/10/2020||Two team members||Renault|
|21/10/2020||Lawrence Stroll||Racing Point|
|21/10/2020||Lance Stroll||Racing Point||Missed Eifel Grand Prix|
|30/10/2020||Four team members||Racing Point|
|26/11/2020||Jonathan Wheatley||Red Bull|
|1/12/2020||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||Missed Sakhir Grand Prix|
|11/3/2021||Frederic Vasseur||Alfa Romeo|
|25/3/2021||Two team members||Aston Martin|
|15/7/2021||Three team members||McLaren||Including McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown|
|4/9/2021||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||Missed two races|
|7/10/2021||Alan van der Merwe and Dr Ian Roberts||Medical Car team||Missed Turkish Grand Prix|
|2/11/2021||Jost Capito||Williams||Missed Saudi Arabian Grand Prix|
|12/12/2021||Nikita Mazepin||Haas||Missed Abu Dhabi Grand Prix|
|16/12/2021||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||First driver to have a second positive test|
|11/03/2022||Daniel Ricciardo||McLaren||Missed second pre-season test in Bahrain|
|17/03/2022||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||Missed Bahrain and Saudi Arabian grands prix|
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