Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel will start his first race of the 2022 season at the Australian Grand Prix next weekend after recovering from COVID-19.
Vettel missed the first two races of the season in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia after testing positive for the virus before leaving his home country for Switzerland.
Aston Martin reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg has replaced Vettel on both occasions, but the team has now confirmed the four-time world champion will be fit to race in the next lap in Australia.
TEAM UPDATE: We are pleased to confirm that Sebastian Vettel is now fit to race and therefore will line up with @lance_stroll in Melbourne to start his 2022 @ F1 season in @ausgrandprix.# F1 #AusGP pic.twitter.com/LrFqaHyQ8W
– Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team (@ AstonMartinF1) March 31, 2022
Aston Martin has had a slow start to 2022 after failing to score in both rounds this year.
Vettel drove this year’s car at pre-season testing but has yet to race it.
https://www.espn.com/f1/story/_/id/33636295/aston-martin-confirms-sebastian-vettel-return-australia Aston Martin confirms Sebastian Vettel will return to Australia