Sebastian Vettel Will Miss The 2022 Season Opener in Bahrain After Testing Positive for Covid
March 17, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News F1
Vettel out of the Bahrain GP, Hulkenberg steps in
Sebastian Vettel, a four-time Formula One champion, will miss the season opening in Bahrain in 2022 after testing positive for Covid.
Following his great result, his team Aston Martin revealed that the German will not compete in the opening race of the year this coming weekend.
Nico Hulkenberg, a reserve driver, will replace his countryman alongside Lance Stroll.
Aston Martin has stated that Sebastian Vettel would not compete in the season-opener of the new 2022 championship, just 24 hours before the first practice session. The 34-year-old has tested positive for Covid-19, but he is presently isolated at his house in Switzerland and is doing well, according to Auto Motor und Sport. Aston Martin announced his replacement immediately, with reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg taking his position.
Hulkenberg will be racing for the first time since 2020, when he demonstrated his ability as a super sub by standing in for Sergio Perez twice and then Lance Stroll at the Silverstone team.
The German finished third in qualifying for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone, earning him ten points.
Despite his efforts, he was unable to acquire a drive for the 2021 season, and after failing again in 2022, he proclaimed that his pursuit of a Formula One racing seat was over.
Following Daniel Ricciardo’s absence from the Bahrain test weekend due to sickness, Vettel became the eighth F1 driver to test positive for Covid at some stage.
It’s the third time Hulkenberg has been called in to fill in for a driver at the Racing Point team.
He filled Sergio Perez’s seat for two races at Silverstone in 2020, qualifying third and finishing seventh in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix before replacing Stroll for the Eifel Grand Prix, where he qualified 20th and finished eighth.