|F1 drivers, Stock images|
Although the F1 drivers did their best to minimize the risk during the Formula 1 2020 season, someone tested Covid-19. The pandemic hit the Formula 1 about a year ago. Some races were postponed and cancellation, new conditions to maintain safety worked very well, but this is hard to predict all possibilities of infection spread.
The last case concerns Lando Norris. The British driver passed the test after he had lost the smell and taste. There are no other symptoms, Norris is doing well and he is in two weeks of self-isolation. This is the fourth case of coronavirus infection among F1 drivers.
|F1 driver Sergio Perez, stock image|
Sergio Perez became the first F1 driver to become infected with Covid-19 among Formula One people, even in “bubbles.”
Perez missed the two races at Silverstone after a positive test, a result repeated before the 70th anniversary Grand Prix. He returned for the third race in this triple header, the Spanish Grand Prix, after a negative test before the Barcelona race.
At the time of the first positive test, Perez stated that he had gone home to visit his mother, who had just come out of hospital, but some reports suggested that his trip had been a little more extensive, a time after the Mexican F1 driver had called all the rumors “unprofessional.”
“I found it very unprofessional, those things,” F1 driver said in an interview with the official website. “It’s a total lie.” I went to Mexico for two days to see my mum, with all the precautions in place. I took care of everything, followed all the guidelines.”
After all, Nico Hülkenberg successfully replaced Sergio Perez at the British Grand Prix.
|Lance Stroll, photo by grandprix247.com|
Contrast to Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll’s story looked more ambiguous: First, time passed before Formula 1 fans knew.
Canadian F1 driver withdrew from the Nürburgring race on 11 October, and Racing Point Team decided to replace his driver 30 minutes before Saturday’s final practice. Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer said Stroll had been ill with “flu-like symptoms” since his departure from the last race in Russia two weeks ago, but had returned “three or four” negative COVID 19 tests since then.
“He doesn’t have the classic COVID-19 symptoms, he just doesn’t feel comfortable in himself and had a slight upset stomach last night.
“The pre-event test was Tuesday. We got the results on Wednesday and he hasn’t been tested since.
|Lance Stroll official from Twitter|
Nico Hulkunberg was again in another race car as in the first case. The German F1 driver was last on the grid at the Nürburgring after he missed Saturday morning practice and finished the Eiffel Grand Prix in 8th place.
|Lewis Hamilton by f1.com|
Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix, the first of back-to-back races in the Gulf state, and claimed a record-breaking seventh world title, but Monday changed everything, even affecting future of another F1 driver George Russell.
“He (Lewis) woke up on Monday morning with mild symptoms and was informed at the same time that a contact prior to arrival in Bahrain had subsequently tested positive,” the statement from Mercedes F1 Team
Mercedes added that Hamilton had been tested three times last week and returned a negative result each time as part of the sport’s strict anti-virus protocols. The last test was on Sunday afternoon at the Bahrain circuit.
Lewis Hamilton honorably overcame the Covid infection, he disappeared from all social media, he focused on health in “safe hands.” Seemed as if the Formula One world champion had not even didn’t watching the race. Meanwhile, the Bahrain Grand Prix came to a natural drama for Mercedes F1 Team.
F1 fans around the world have suggested Lewis Hamilton will not return to his No 44 car until the end of the 2020 Formula 1 season, but less than two weeks later the British F1 driver returns to the grid at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, finishing the final race in third place.
Somebody says that F1 drivers should overcome the Covid 19 infection as quickly as possible in order not to passing races during the season. In reality, it is just a presumption. One wishes Lando Norris all the best and get well soon, all F1 drivers, adhere to safety rules and be careful.