Sebastian Vettel: Aston Martin driver to miss Bahrain GP with Covid-19, Nico Hulkenberg drafted

The four-time world champion misses his first F1 race since the coronavirus outbreak; ‘super sub’ Hulkenberg has competed before when Perez and Stroll were sidelined and given the chance to shine again

Last update: 03/17/22 09:41

Sebastian Vettel has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss the season-opening Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel will miss the season-opening Bahrain GP this weekend after testing positive for Covid-19.

Aston Martin reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg will replace the four-time world champion, the team has confirmed.

It’s the first race Vettel will have missed since the coronavirus outbreak, although Hulkenberg – despite not being on the grid as a permanent driver since 2019 – has already replaced drivers.

In 2020, Hulkenberg ended ‘super-under’ duties for Racing Point, Aston Martin’s former form, when Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll were sidelined.

Hulkenberg performed admirably over three races and, with extensive F1 experience, has been linked to countless training sessions since.

But he will again have his chance to shine at the Bahrain GP.

There is also an F1 race on March 27 in Saudi Arabia. If Vettel tested negative before this race, he should be allowed to participate.

More soon.

Follow the Bahrain GP live on Sky Sports F1

Sky Sports F1 is your home for every race this season, and it all starts with the Bahrain GP this weekend.

We’ll have a set-up throughout the week before covering all the live action from the Bahrain International Circuit, from Friday’s first practice session to Sunday’s season-opening Grand Prix.

Sky Sports F1 experts Martin Brundle, David Croft, Damon Hill, Ted Kravitz, Simon Lazenby, Natalie Pinkham and Naomi Schiff will all be in Bahrain to bring you unparalleled analysis and expert knowledge.

In a 2022 twist, the drivers’ press conference will take place on the Friday morning before the two practice sessions and our live F1 show, recapping the action.

Saturday qualifying and Sunday race – both live at 3 p.m. – will be followed by Ted’s Notebook, as the Formula 2 and Formula 3 championships begin in Bahrain.

As always, you can also follow the action online and on the Sky Sports app.

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