Official: Vettel replaced by Hülkenberg at Bahrain GP

Nico Hulkenberg to replace Sebastian Vettel in Bahrain – Sebastian Vettel has tested positive for Covid-19 in the mandatory tests before the Bahrain Grand Prix. The information was confirmed by his team, Aston Martin this morning.

It will be Nico Hulkenberg, the wild card, who will replace him for the occasion. The German has not yet had the opportunity to work with the 2022 car, but he will do so during the first free practice session, which will take place this Friday.


“Sebastian Vettel has tested positive for Covid-19 and will therefore not compete in the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix,” the British manufacturer’s team confirmed in a short statement.

“Aston Martin reserve driver Nico Hülkenberg will replace him in the AMR22, he will be in the car from EL1 [this Friday 18 March].”

Since the start of the year, Vettel is the second driver to test positive for Covid-19 after McLaren driver Daniel Riciardo, who was unable to take part in the final three days of the 2022 winter test.






5 responses to “Official: Vettel replaced by Hülkenberg at Bahrain GP

  1. I didn’t see this coming at all, so a total shock. On the other hand, Seb’s infection is likely because he shook hands with RIC last Wednesday, although the latter also had physical contact with ALB, VER, BOT, & RUS, so hopefully, more drivers won’t get infected afterwards.
    Hulk substituting is unsurprising since he’s the team’s official & regular reserve.
    BTW, what’s EL1?

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