Haas F1 driver Nikita Mazepin to miss 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Nikita Mazepin of Russia and Haas F1.
Nikita Mazepin of Russia and Haas F1.
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Haas Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin will miss the grand season finale on Sunday after testing positive for Covid-19.

According to Formula1.com, Mazepin had done an on-site test at the Yas Marina Circuit; a second test came back with another positive result.

The F1 site reported Haas reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi is in Abu Dhabi, but because he had not taken part in one session this weekend, he is not eligible to stand in according to FIA rules.

Haas will thus only have Mick Schumacher on track for Sunday's race. 

Haas F1 team said in a statement: "The FIA, Formula 1 and Haas F1 Team can today confirm that during on-site PCR testing for the 2021 FIA Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Nikita Mazepin has tested positive for Covid-19. In accordance with Covid-19 protocols, he will take no further part in this Event. All contacts have been declared.

"There will be no replacement driver in accordance with article 31.1 of the 2021 FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations, which prohibits any driver from starting the race who has not taken part in at least one practice session.

"The procedures set out by the FIA and Formula 1 will ensure no wider impact on the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix."

The team further added: "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 wishes Nikita well, and we look forward to his return to the race track in early 2022 for pre-season testing."

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