Sebastian Vettel to miss Bahrain Grand Prix with Covid as Aston Martin name replacement

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Sebastian Vettel will be sidelined for this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix after returning a positive COVID-19 test. The four-time world champion will be replaced by Nico Hulkenberg, who will drive alongside Lance Stroll for Aston Martin at the first race of the new Formula One season.

Hulkenberg is Aston Martin’s official reserve driver and will be looking to claim an impressive result at the Bahrain International Circuit when this year’s campaign finally gets underway. He was previously drafted in by the team to replace Sergio Perez at two Grands Prix back in 2020 before filling in for Stroll at the Eifel Grand Prix two months later.

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