Daniel Ricciardo has been cleared to take part in this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, the first race of the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship.
The Australian missed the entirety of the three-day Bahrain pre-season test last week, testing positive for COVID-19 on Friday.
While there were some minor concerns Ricciardo wouldn't sufficiently recover in time for the season-opening round, which could have left McLaren scrambling for a reserve driver, the British team confirmed on Wednesday morning that he has returned a number of negative COVID tests and will be fit to race.
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McLaren: Ricciardo is "ready to compete"
A short statement from McLaren confirmed the complete recovery of their driver.
"McLaren F1 Team confirms that after testing positive for COVID-19 during last week, Daniel has now returned a number of negative tests and will therefore return to the paddock on Thursday ready to compete in this weekend’s Bahrain GP," the team stated.
"Daniel has been feeling better each day as he continued to recover while in isolation following local regulations in Bahrain."
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