Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton set for Abu Dhabi return

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is set to return to Mercedes for the 2020 season finale at Yas Marina Circuit.

After missing this past Sunday’s race at Bahrain International Circuit due to testing positive with COVID-19, seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is set to return for this weekend’s race.

Hamilton is set to return to Mercedes for this Sunday’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit, a race he has won five times.

The 35-year-old Briton has tested negative for the virus a number of times, the FIA, Formula 1 and Mercedes have confirmed following his 10-day quarantining period in Bahrain.

He is the two-time reigning winner at the 21-turn, 3.451-mile (5.554-kilometer) road course on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. His missed start in this past Sunday’s Sakhir Grand Prix at the outer layout of Bahrain International Circuit was his first missed start since his Formula 1 career began back in 2007.

He had entered the weekend having competed in an all-time record 265 consecutive Formula 1 races, a streak which was 59 races longer than second place on the all-time list.

Williams driver George Russell, who has been backed by the Silver Arrows throughout his career, replaced him in this 87-lap race around the 11-turn, 2.202-mile (3.544-kilometer) road course in Sakhir, Bahrain and finished in ninth place. He had dominated the race before two late issues cost him a chance at the win.

Russell is set to return to Williams for this weekend’s race. Jack Aitken replaced him last weekend.

In 15 starts so far this season, Hamilton has won a career-high 11 times and secured an additional two podium finishes. He secured his seventh world championship in the season’s 14th race, the Turkish Grand Prix at Intercity Istanbul Park, to tie Michael Schumacher’s record.

He has tied and surpassed a number of Schumacher’s records this season, including the all-time wins record. Hamilton has now won 95 races; Schumacher won 91.

ESPN is set to broadcast the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live from Yas Marina Circuit beginning at 8:10 a.m. ET this Sunday, December 13.