Mercedes, optimistic coronavirus take a look at, Eifel Grand Prix

Mercedes say a member of its Formulation One staff has examined optimistic for COVID-19 forward of this weekend’s Eifel Grand Prix.

However the Brackley-base staff are attempting to not let it disrupt Lewis Hamilton’s bid to equal Michael Schumacher’s file of 91 victories.

SunSport understands the staff member isn’t well-known to the general public, and that will rule out key personnel corresponding to Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, and staff boss Toto Wolff.

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A spokesperson stated: “We are able to verify staff member has examined optimistic.

“This has been dealt with and is being dealt with consistent with FIA protocols, working carefully with the FIA.

“We ask on your understanding that we received’t offer further particulars.”

F1’s guidelines embody strict testing protocols in the course of the pandemic with employees being examined each 5 days.

Anybody who does take a look at optimistic is straight away positioned into self isolation with those that have come into contact with them additionally remoted till examined.

Racing Level’s Sergio Perez was the final particular person to check optimistic contained in the paddock forward of the British GP at Silverstone in July.

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Final week, F1 introduced the best variety of optimistic assessments in every week for the reason that season resumed, with 10 personnel contracting the virus within the wake of the Russian Grand Prix.

Nonetheless, F1 chiefs reckon that quantity will drop for the Eifel GP on the Nurburgring, given the more durable restrictions regarding social distancing and carrying masks.

This text initially appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission