BWT Racing Point Formula One Team driver Lance Stroll has confirmed he tested positive for Covid in the aftermath of the Eifel Grand Prix.
Stroll missed out on the race weekend at Nürburgring due to illness but didn’t take a test due to the symptoms being non-COVID related.He had tested negative in the pre-race weekend test before travelling to the Eifel Grand Prix. Racing Point drafted in Nico Hülkenberg to race for the weekend.
Stroll had left the team bubble on the 10 October and flew home on the 11 October morning to Switzerland on a private plane.
A statement has now been released by Racing Point’s CEO and Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer.
“As stated by Lance on social media this morning, Racing Point can confirm that he tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday 11th of October. Lance had left the team bubble in Germany on Saturday 10th October as he was unable to compete due to the effect of a recurring stomach upset.
“Lance had first reported an upset stomach during the Russian Grand Prix week and subsequently tested negative for Covid-19 several times, tests taken in line with both the FIA and Racing Point’s own protocols.
“He also tested negative before arrival in Germany in the official pre-event test for the Eifel Grand Prix. The upset stomach symptoms returned on Saturday which forced Lance to withdraw from the race and stay in his motorhome away from the paddock. He consulted with a doctor who did not believe his symptoms indicated Covid-19 and did not advise a test was necessary. Based on this clinical assessment, at the time there was no requirement to inform the FIA as to the nature of the illness.
“Lance then flew home to Switzerland on a private plane on Sunday morning. In line with Racing Point’s enhanced testing protocol, under which all team members are tested on return from a Grand Prix, Lance took a Covid-19 test at home and received a positive result the next day. He continued to isolate for ten days from the date of the test, in line with local regulations. He returned a negative test on Monday this week and will travel to the Portuguese Grand Prix.
“All members of the Racing Point team at the Eifel Grand Prix returned to the UK via a private charter flight and all tested negative upon their arrival, and again in their pre-event test for the Portuguese Grand Prix.”
Stroll’s last test was on 19 October were the driver tested negative and will be ready to race at the Portuguese Grand Prix. Hülkenberg is track side and ready to step in again in case of any positive COVID-19 tests.