After overcoming his Corona infection, four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel will make a delayed start to the season in Australia next week.

As Vettel’s racing team Aston Martin announced on Thursday, the 34-year-old Hessian is fit to race again. He will compete for the English factory team at the Melbourne Grand Prix on April 10 together with Canadian Lance Stroll, it said.

Vettel had missed the first two grands prix of the year in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia because of a covid infection. Fellow countryman Nico H├╝lkenberg substituted twice for the Heppenheimer, who had stayed in his adopted home of Switzerland, and must now vacate the cockpit again, as expected.

Disappointing start to the season for Aston Martin

Vettel had to watch idly from his quarantine just how chanceless Aston Martin were at the start. Stroll and H├╝lkenberg have yet to score a championship point, with two twelfth-place finishes the best results of a disappointing start to the season. Only the Williams backbenchers are similarly weak at the moment.