Lewis Hamilton claimed his seventh world title last month -- equalling Michael Schumacher's record -- and sixth in seven years with Mercedes, but is not yet tied to the team for 2021.
Even as coronavirus created havoc with the sporting calendar, F1 saw Lewis Hamilton rewrite the history books as he entered the ranks of the greats, beating the iconic Michael Schumachers race wins record.
Lewis Hamilton, who won the Bahrain Grand Prix last month, confirmed in a press conference in the UAE capital Saturday that he has received the letter and won't let it go unnoticed.
Formula One: Lewis Hamilton recently tested positive for COVID-19 and has recovered from it. He missed the Sakhir Grand Prix.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said George Russell, released by struggling Williams to stand in for Covid-19 positive Lewis Hamilton, had exceeded expectations in Sunday's Sakhir Grand Prix.
Formula One: Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said Lewis Hamilton has been improving every day but needs to return negative COVID result to race in Abu Dhabi. Hamilton tested positive on December 1.
Sergio Perez became the first Mexican victor in F1 since Pedro Rodriguez in 1970, ending a series of races dominated by Mercedes for whom Valtteri Bottas finished eighth and George Russell ninth.
Toto Wolff said Lewis Hamilton was still suffering from "mild symptoms" and a large dose of frustration at missing a race weekend for the first time in his F1 career since his debut in Australia in 2007.
George Russell made an emphatic statement of intent on Friday when, in his first practice outing with Mercedes, he topped the times ahead of Max Verstappen at the Sakhir Grand Prix.
George Russell has been a member of the Mercedes-Benz junior programme since 2017 when he won the GP3 Series championship as a rookie, before repeating the feat in Formula 2 in 2018.