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Two countries must green-light Hamilton's return

Whether Lewis Hamilton can return to his Mercedes cockpit for the 2020 finale this weekend is up to health officials in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.

Whether Lewis Hamilton can return to his Mercedes cockpit for the 2020 finale this weekend is up to health officials in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.

That is the word from the FIA's Michael Masi, after George Russell replaced Hamilton in Bahrain last weekend following the seven time world champion's positive covid-19 test.

Hamilton, 35, remains in isolation in Bahrain, but team boss Toto Wolff said he is feeling "a bit better" now and will soon undergo a new covid-19 test.

"We need to see how well Lewis recovers, that's the most important - that he's well," the Mercedes chief said.

"He said he's a bit better on Sunday, he feels he's made a big step, and if the test is negative then it's his car and then he will for sure drive a brilliant race.

"And if the test in Abu Dhabi is positive then George is in the car," Wolff added.

However, F1 race director Masi said the health authorities in Bahrain and also Abu Dhabi would have to green-light Hamilton's recovery as well.

"It's very much a decision for the Bahraini health authorities to determine if Lewis is fit and complies with their regulations, and then for the Abu Dhabi authorities to determine their criteria," he said.

"If he meets the entry criteria of the respective governments and then further complies with the testing protocol from an FIA perspective, then there's no problems from our perspective," Masi added.

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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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