Williams acting team principal Simon Roberts has tested positive for Covid-19 and will not travel to this weekend’s race in Turkey.
“Simon is feeling otherwise well but will now isolate for the required 10-day period as per UK national guidelines whilst supporting trackside operations remotely this weekend.”
Roberts took over in charge of Williams in September following the takeover of the team by new owners Dorilton. In his absence this weekend his duties will be shared between two other members of the team.
“Dave Redding, team manager, and chief engineer of vehicle design, Adam Carter, will assume his responsibilities on the ground in Turkey,” the team confirmed. Head of vehicle performance Dave Robson was not due to be at the track this weekend and will work remotely.
Last weekend Williams said other personnel have also changed roles this weekend as a result of positive Covid-19 tests within the team.
“Simon has not been in close contact with any other members of our race team, and the team will continue to operate trackside as planned,” continued the statement. “As a team, we have been taking part in a robust testing plan alongside adhering to the FIA Covid guidelines.”
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