Mazepin ruled out of F1 finale after positive COVID-19 test 

Haas Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin will miss the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after returning a positive COVID-19 test. 
Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Haas F1 Team
Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Haas F1 Team

Ahead of Sunday’s 2021 finale in Abu Dhabi, Haas announced the Russian had tested positive for COVID-19, ruling him out of the 22nd and last race of his rookie campaign. 

Haas said Mazepin is “physically well” and asymptomatic but will now have to adhere to the local health guidelines and undergo a period of self-isolation, preventing him from taking part in Sunday’s grand prix. 

Mazepin will not be replaced by Haas test and reserve Pietro Fittipaldi. 

Article 31.1 of the 2021 FIA F1 sporting regulations prohibits “any driver from starting the race who has not taken part in at least one practice session”. 

That means Haas will field just a single car for the final race of the season, with Mick Schumacher lining up from 19th on the grid. 

Mazepin is the first driver to be forced to miss a race this season due to contracting COVID-19. 

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