Charles Leclerc has been warned by the FIA’s Covid-19 delegate after returning to his Monaco home in between last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix and this weekend’s event.Valtteri Bottas has not been warned despite also returning to Monaco during the same time.
Leclerc’s warning is believed to have arisen after pictures surfaced on social media which appeared to indicate he had failed to respect social distancing measures while in Monaco. The image above was posted on the profile of a Nice-based sculptor and artist followed by Leclerc.
Both Ferrari drivers have been warned over their adherence to Covid-19 protocols during the course of F1’s first two ‘Closed Events’, races which are being run with no fans present and minimal staff contain in separate ‘bubbles’ to reduce the risk of spreading any infection. Sebastian Vettel was warned after he was seen talking to members of Red Bull’s team while not wearing a mask.
Ferrari have been told any further breaches will be referred to the stewards of the meeting, who have the power to impose sporting and financial sanctions on teams.
Asked yesterday about his trip to Monaco, Leclerc said “I’ve been tested twice before coming back… both negative, obviously.”
Formula 1 has confirmed 4,566 tests for Covid-19 were conducted on on-site staff between last Friday and yesterday, none of which returned positive results.
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