Nikita Mazepin has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss out on Sunday’s season finale in Abu Dhabi.
Given that the Russian driver has taken part in all sessions ahead of the race, the team does not have an available substitute this weekend, and so only 19 drivers will compete this afternoon.
Writing on Twitter, Mazepin posted: “Hi everyone, Sorry to report I’ve had a positive Covid test. Feeling totally fine but won’t be able to race today.
“Wishing all my fellow drivers a fantastic end to the season and sending love and thanks to everyone for their support.”
The team later released a statement saying: “Uralkali Haas F1 Team driver Nikita Mazepin has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Yas Marina Circuit ahead of Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The team, therefore, regrets to announce that Nikita will be unable to participate in the race.
“Nikita is physically well, having been asymptomatic, but he will now self-isolate and adhere to the guidelines of the relevant public health authorities, with safety the ultimate priority for all parties concerned.
“Uralkali Haas F1 Team wish Nikita well and we look forward to his return to the race track in early 2022 for pre-season testing.”
Lights out is at 1:00 pm this afternoon at the Yas Marina Circuit.