The seven-time world champion missed last week’s Sakhir GP after contracting Covid-19 and served a 10-day period of isolation in Bahrain, which ended on Thursday.
As first revealed on Sky Sports News, Hamilton returned negative COVID-19 tests in Bahrain before flying to Abu Dhabi on Thursday. He then returned another negative result on arrival to the UAE, giving him the green light to make his return to the paddock on Friday in time for opening practice.
George Russell will revert to his seat at Williams after starring in Hamilton’s place last weekend. The 22-year-old was on standby to fill in again and completed media engagements for Mercedes in the Abu Dhabi paddock on Thursday.
A Mercedes statement read: “Lewis tested negative for Covid-19 on Wednesday prior to completion of his self-isolation period in Bahrain. This enabled him to travel to Abu Dhabi on Thursday afternoon, and he tested negative on arrival.
“Lewis has therefore completed the protocols required by the FIA for his entry to the paddock tomorrow and will be able to take part in the race weekend.”