McLaren have announced that Daniel Ricciardo has tested positive for Covid-19 in Bahrain and will not participate in the final day of testing.
Under Bahrain quarantine rules, Ricciardo should be able to race in the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix next weekend if he recovers in time.
In a statement, McLaren announced Norris would run a third consecutive full day in the MCL36 to conclude the Bahrain test.
“McLaren Racing can confirm that after feeling unwell from Wednesday onwards in Bahrain, Daniel Ricciardo has now returned a positive PCR test for Covid-19,” the statement read. “Daniel is therefore continuing to isolate in accordance with local regulations.
“Under these regulations Daniel will be released in time for next weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix. Daniel is already beginning to feel better, and we wish him well for a quick recovery.
“Following this, we can confirm that Lando Norris will remain in the MCL36 for the final day of the official pre-season test in Bahrain tomorrow.”
In a post on social media, Ricciardo said that his physical condition was already beginning to improve.
“Unfortunate to miss the test, but I’m starting to feel better,” he said. “I’ll stay isolated and just focus on next weekend.
“Big thanks to Lando and McLaren for the heavy lifting, I owe you some beers (milk for Lando). Appreciate the well wishes from everyone.”
Ricciardo completed a full day of testing in Barcelona, followed by a half day of running on the final day. In total, he has covered 212 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya in McLaren’s new car built to the radical new technical regulations for the 2022 season.
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