Formula One: A Mercedes spokesman mentioned the case was being dealt with in keeping with protocols set out by the governing FIA however didn’t give any particulars concerning the individual’s function within the crew.
- Last Updated: October 8, 2020, 10:40 PM IST
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Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton expressed concern on Thursday after a member of his Mercedes crew examined constructive for COVID-19 forward of the Eifel Grand Prix in Germany.
Hamilton goes for a record-equalling 91st profession victory in Sunday’s race on the Nuerburgring and leads crew mate Valtteri Bottas by 44 factors within the championship.
The constructive was the primary involving one of many 10 groups since Racing Point’s Mexican driver Sergio Perez needed to miss two races in August.
“It’s definitely a concern,” six-times world champion Hamilton informed reporters through a video hyperlink with the Briton and Bottas sitting properly aside and each sporting face masks.
“It’s obviously important for everyone around the world to be continuously reminded that this thing has not disappeared, it’s still here and we still need to follow protocols and wear masks and keep our hands clean and keep our distances.”
A Mercedes spokesman mentioned the case was being dealt with in keeping with protocols set out by the governing FIA. He gave no particulars concerning the individual’s function within the crew.
The sport is working in rigorously managed bubbles, even inside groups, with entry to the paddock restricted to important workers and staff subjected to common checks.
Formula One final week reported 10 constructive COVID-19 checks over the Russian Grand Prix weekend, probably the most thus far however all of them ancillary personnel corresponding to cleaners. It mentioned the groups have been unaffected in that batch.
The scheduled season-opener in Australia was cancelled in March, with the season then stalled and protocols arrange, after McLaren staff contracted the virus in Melbourne.
“I can’t say what it’s going to do to the weekend. We have a lot of great people within our team, it’s not just about one person,” mentioned Hamilton.
“It’s just going to take a lot of work to make sure we continue on without any disturbances.”
The Russian race in Sochi was the primary with a considerable crowd in attendance. Organisers mentioned 30,000 folks visited the Olympic Park every day.
A second wave of the novel coronavirus has seen each day instances speed up in each Germany and Britain amongst different European nations.
“As a driver, the last thing you want is to get it,” mentioned Bottas. “It will definitely mean at least missing one race and even more. And we have one example of that already.
“It can be a matter of luck because it’s pretty contagious. We’re all trying to do the best we can not to get it. I fully trust how the team is handling everything.”