In a press statement on Friday evening, Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN have confirmed that Team Principal Frédéric Vasseur has tested positive for COVID-19, meaning he will miss pre-season testing in Bahrain.
Vasseur was originally planned to travel from France to Bahrain in order to attend Formula 1’s three day-long testing event at the Bahrain International Circuit, but will now remain at his home to self-isolate.
In the announcement, Alfa Romeo divulged that Vasseur had tested positive after two successive PCR tests. They assured that the fifty-two-year-old Team Principal was asymptomatic and ‘in good spirits.’ They also substantiated that Mr Vasseur will be ‘fully operational and connected to the garage for the duration of the test,’ and that the team have decided not to name a Deputy Team Principal as of yet.
The team confirmed that all planned PR activities will continue as scheduled with the support of technological means.
Testing gets underway on Friday morning in Bahrain with Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi sharing driving duties on day one. Giovinazzi will have sole responsibility of the C41-Ferrari on Saturday, with Räikkönen concluding the test on Sunday. The season gets underway two weeks later at the same venue, with Alfa Romeo hoping for a much more competitive campaign after scoring only eight points across the seventeen races of the 2020 season, four each for Räikkönen and Giovinazzi.