“I am feeling okay and have mild symptoms”: Setback for Ferrari as star driver Charles Leclerc has tested positive for Covid-19, and is currently isolating in his native Monaco.
Charles Leclerc has joined the likes of Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll, Lewis Hamilton, and Lando Norris in a not-so-nice list. The list of F1 drivers testing positive for Covid-19. Perez, Stroll, and Hamilton tested positive during last season and had Nico Hulkenberg and George Russell as replacements for Racing Point and Mercedes respectively.
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Lando Norris, meanwhile, tested positive a few days ago while holidaying in the United Arab Emirates. Like him, Leclerc has tested positive during the off-season. This is a silver lining in the very dark cloud seen over Ferrari since the abysmal last season.
The driver confirmed the news on his social media handles:
“Hello, guys. Hope you are all staying safe.
“I want to let you know that I have tested positive for COVID-19. I am regularly checked according to my team’s protocols.
“Unfortunately, I learned that I have been in contact with a positive case and immediately went into self-isolation, notifying anyone I had contact with. A subsequent test I took has come back positive.
“I am feeling okay and have mild symptoms. I will remain in isolation in my home in Monaco in compliance with the regulations set by the local health authorities.
“Stay safe and take care.”
Ferrari F1 confirm the Charles Leclerc Covid-19 positive test
Ferrari too has confirmed the news, adding that the driver informed them immediately about this. With the season starting in two months, it is imperative for Leclerc to come back fit and firing. He needs Ferrari to climb up from P6 to P3, in partnership with the recruit from McLaren, Carlos Sainz.
“Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow driver Charles Leclerc has tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with the team’s protocols, Charles is tested regularly and yesterday, the result from his latest test came back positive.
Charles notified us immediately and has informed everyone he has been in close contact with in the last few days. He is currently feeling ok with mild symptoms and is now self-isolating at home in Monaco.”