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Sebastian Vettel Tests Positive for COVID-19, Nico Hulkenberg Steps In

Sebastian Vettel has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not compete in this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, Aston Martin announced March 17.

Nico Hulkenberg will hop in for Vettel in the 2022 Formula 1 season opener.

Vettel has run in nearly every race since his first full-time season in 2008; he didn’t start at the Bahrain International Circuit in 2016.

Last year in his first season with Aston Martin, Vettel snagged a second place in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

In total, the German has 53 wins and 122 podiums since 2008.

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Hulkenberg, meanwhile, last drove in F1 in 2020 for Racing Point in place of Lance Stroll in the Eifel Grand Prix, who had a positive COVID-19 test at the time. He also filled in for Sergio Perez in both races at Silverstone.

He earned his best place in the standings, seventh, in 2018 for Renault Sport.

Vettel is the second driver to test positive for COVID-19 so far this year, as Daniel Ricciardo also was positive for the virus last week. He’s tested negative multiple times since and will race for McLaren in Bahrain.

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Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor and involved with photos, social media and news editing. A California native, Joy was raised as a motorsports fan and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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