A member of the Mercedes Formula 1 team has tested positive for Covid-19.
The case does not involve either of the team’s drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton said the positive case was “sad to hear, for the guys that work so hard.
“We obviously had this week in between [races] and those guys work so hard to stay safe and be here on the weekends. So it’s definitely a concern.
“It’s obviously important for everyone around the world to know that, to be continuously reminded that this thing has not disappeared, it’s still here. We still need to continue to follow protocols and wear masks and keep our hands clean and keep our distances.”
Mercedes will have to make changes in order to account for the positive test. “I can’t say what it’s going to do to the weekend,” said Hamilton. “We have a lot of great people within our team. It’s not just about one person. So we’ll try and make him proud this weekend.
“It’s just going to take a different type of work, it’s going to take a lot of work still to make sure that we continue on without any disturbances.”
Last week the FIA and Formula 1 confirmed 10 positive cases had been identified among 1,822 tests which had been conducted. However all of these involved “ancillary personnel” and not F1 team members.
Mercedes is not the first F1 team to experience a positive Covid-19 test this year. A McLaren team member tested positive for Covid-19 during the Australian Grand Prix weekend, before the event was cancelled. Sergio Perez missed two races after testing positive at Silverstone.
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