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Formula 1 says team or driver COVID-19 pullouts won’t stop races

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Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey has gone on record stating team personal being infected by COVID-19 will not cancel races.

With the 2020 F1 season finally due to start in Austria on 5 July, it seems the sport is desperate to avoid an Australia repeat that saw the race weekend canceled after a McLaren team member tested positive for Coronavirus.

Speaking on the Formula 1’s website Carey said, “An individual having been found with a positive infection will not lead to a cancellation of a race,” he continued saying “We encourage teams to have procedures in place so if an individual has to be put in quarantine, we have the ability to quarantine them at a hotel and to replace that individual.”

The 66-year was quick to point out team reserve drivers are on hand providing a driver was to suffer from Coronavirus too;

“But we will have a procedure in place that finding infection will not lead to a cancellation. If a driver has an infection, [teams have] reserve drivers available.”

Carey also stressed he felt conditions around the countries they have chosen to race at is safe and takes the necessary precautions to go racing with minimal risk.

“We wouldn’t be going forward if we were not highly confident we have necessary procedures and expertise and capabilities to provide a safe environment and manage whatever issues arrive.”

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