(Motorsport-Total.com) – “We can confirm that a member of our team is positive [auf COVID-19] “That is what Mercedes said on the Thursday before the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring (follow Formula 1 2020 here in the live ticker!). The German-British racing team will nevertheless take part in the race weekend as planned.
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The situation is under control, reports Mercedes: “We have so far adhered to the FIA protocols and continue to do so. We work closely with the world association.”
However, they are silent about details of the affected employee. “We ask for your understanding that we do not provide any further information,” said a brief statement from the team. At least the Formula 1 drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton are not affected.
Already the third case in Formula 1
Mercedes is the third Formula 1 team to have a COVID-19 case. At McLaren an employee had tested positive before the planned opening race in Australia, at Racing Point it was regular driver Sergio Perez. Perez was then absent from both races at Silverstone and was replaced by Nico Hulkenberg.
Last week, the FIA and Formula 1 carried out a total of 1,822 tests, with ten positive results.
All of this allows Mercedes driver Hamilton to conclude: “It’s not over yet. The thing is still among us. You have to remind everyone around the world again and again.”
Hamilton reveals details about the person
For general safety, the official instructions should still be followed. “We have to wear our masks, keep our hands clean and keep our distance,” said Hamilton.
What the positive case will mean for Mercedes at the Nürburgring, he does not know how to say. But: Hamilton indicates that it is a male member of the team. O-Ton: “We will try to make him proud.”
Which position the person holds at Mercedes is still unknown. Hamilton says: “We have a lot of great people with us. It’s not about individuals.” However, certain changes in internal processes may be needed, “so that we can continue without further disruptions,” said Hamilton.
Bottas urges caution
This is why Valtteri Bottas urges caution. He says: “As a driver, the last thing you want is to get it too. That would certainly result in you missing a race or several. And we already had an example of that” – Sergio Perez from Racing Point, who had to skip both Silverstone races.
It is therefore important to remain “sensible”, says Bottas. “Sometimes it’s also a matter of luck. We’re all doing our best not to get it. I trust the team completely that it will stay with this one case.”