This Friday (16), the FIA and Formula 1 released the result of the Covid-19 tests carried out since the weekend of the Eifel GP, at the Nürburgring, until yesterday. 1,506 tests were performed and eight people tested positive. The names of those contaminated were not disclosed, much less teams or the area they work for.
There was an increase in the number of cases compared to those presented before the Eifel GP, when only three people tested positive for Covid-19. At the time, fewer tests were done due to the absence of Formula 2 and Formula 3 at the Nürburgring.
“The FIA and Formula 1 confirm that between 9 and 15 October, 1,506 Covid-19 tests were carried out on drivers, teams and staff. Of these, eight tested positive. FIA and Formula 1 are offering this information with competitive integrity and transparency. No details about teams or individuals will be reported and the results will continue to be reported every seven days ”, says the statement released.
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The highest number of cases detected occurred after the Russian GP, when ten people tested positive for the new coronavirus. At the time, Formula 1 rushed to defend itself and ensure that the public presence in Sochi had nothing to do with contagion. It is worth remembering that the Nürburgring was open to up to 20 thousand people during the weekend of the Eifel GP.
In the last race, Lance Stroll had flu and diarrhea symptoms, promptly being replaced by Nico Hülkenberg at Racing Point. The team, after training, rushed to say that the Canadian did not have Covid-19 and that he was tested “five times or more” and all the results were negative.
Also at the Nürburgring, Mercedes identified the second case of coronavirus in employees and isolated six people. Red Bull considered Nico Hülkenberg after an inconclusive test by Alexander Albon. The Thai tested negative hours later and participated in the race.