Nikita Mazepin will miss Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after testing positive for Covid-19 ahead of today’s race. Due to the Russian driver having already taken part in all three practice sessions and qualifying, Haas won’t be able to replace him, meaning just 19 drivers will take part in the race.
A statement from Haas read:
“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.
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 thanks and love to everyone for their support. 🙏❤️
— Nikita Mazepin (@nikita_mazepin) December 12, 2021
“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.”
Get well soon, Nikita, and we’ll see you back in F1 next year.