Formula 1 will not cancel races if a driver or other paddock members tests positive for the Covid-19 Coronavirus.
However Formula 1 chairman and CEO Chase Carey said today a similar scenario should be avoided in the event that a positive test occurs when the championship resumes next month.
“An individual having been found with a positive infection will not lead to a cancellation of a race,” he told the official F1 website. “We encourage teams to have procedures in place so if an individual has to be put in quarantine, we have the ability to quarantine them at a hotel and to replace that individual.
“Some things we’d have to talk through and work through. The array of ‘what ifs’ are too wide to play out every one of them, but a team not being able to race wouldn’t cancel the race.
“I don’t think I could sit here and lay out the consequences. But we will have a procedure in place that finding infection will not lead to a cancellation. If a driver has an infection, [teams have] reserve drivers available.”
F1 today confirmed details of its revised schedule for the first eight races of the season in Europe.
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