The 34-year-old did not have a negative test for the trip to Saudi Arabia on Thursday, announced his team Aston Martin. Therefore, the racing team shifted the decision on the use of the four-time world champion at the Grand Prix on the weekend on Friday.

If Vettel will be in Bahrain as at the season opener, he would again be represented by his compatriot Nico Hülkenberg. The Rheinlander has already traveled to Jeddah and could sit again on Friday during the training sessions in the car.

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Vettel had been positively tested for the virus in the previous week and had been quarantined in its Swiss choice for choice. For the Heppenheimer it is a conceivable bad start in his second season at the British Privatam. In the new race year with a highly changed rules and completely new cars, the ex-champion wanted to return to the top again after the preseason was largely sobering.

But after the impressions of the starting race, Aston Martin is coming to another hard year. In Sakhir, replacement driver Hülkenberg missed as the 17th and Stammpilot Lance Stroll as twelfth clear the points. Compared to the competition, the team seems to be suspended for the time being.

Especially in this phase, the failure Vettel was particularly bitter, Team boss said Mike Krack. “That happened at a time when we really needed it. We are now missing a reference point through the driver’s change at the last minute,” Krack explained.