Racing Point team sporting director Otmar Szafnauer admitted on Friday that he had received a warning from the International Automobile Federation about his obligations after the positive test of the driver Lance Stroll was not communicated.
The Canadian driver tested positive after the Formula 1 Eifel Grand Prix two weeks ago, in which he was replaced by German Nico Hulkenberg.
The FIA requires teams to report each positive test, but Racing Point has not done so for more than a week.
At a press conference held this afternoon at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, in Portimão, where this weekend the Portuguese GP will take place, Szafnauer guaranteed that the team will “immediately” warn if there is a positive case again.
However, he assured that he received a “reminder” and “not a warning” from the FIA.
McLaren’s director, whose team has had positive cases of covid-19 this season, criticized Racing Point’s delay in communicating Stroll’s positive, saying that “there seems to have been no immediate transparency”.
American Zack Brown also said that Stroll should have been tested the same day he had symptoms.
Canadian Lance Stroll (Racing Point) announced on Wednesday that he was infected. “I want everyone to know that I tested positive for covid-19 after the Eifel Grand Prix weekend [a 11 de outubro]”, wrote the pilot, on the official Twitter account.
In the same publication, Stroll, 21, says he had negative SARS-CoV-2 tests in the pre-race tests at the Nurburgring.
“Saturday morning [10 de outubro], I started not feeling well and with stomach pain. I followed the FIA protocol [Federação Internacional do Automóvel], I isolated myself and didn’t go back to the ‘paddock’. I was not prepared to run, so I traveled home on Sunday morning. As I still didn’t feel well, I auditioned at night “, he explained.
This test confirmed the infection and Stroll claimed to have been in “self-isolation for 10 days”. “Fortunately, my symptoms were very mild. However, I did a test again on Monday this week and the result was negative. I feel in great shape and I cannot wait to return to the team and run in Portugal,” he concluded. .
Stroll, who was replaced by German Nico Hulkenberg at the Eifel Grand Prix, is currently ninth in the drivers’ standings, with 57 points, less 173 than the leader, Briton Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).