Formula 1 has revealed that two individuals out of 4,997 tests conducted between Friday July 10 and Thursday July 16 have tested positive for COVID-19.
However, F1 says the two members of the paddock who tested positive were not present in Austria and both have been removed from their operations and isolated.
“The FIA and Formula 1 can today confirm that between Friday 10th July and Thursday 16th July, 4,997 tests for COVID-19 have been performed on drivers, teams and personnel,” read a joint statement from F1 and the FIA.
“Of these, two people have tested positive. The individuals were not present in Austria, with the affected people removed from operations and isolated.
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“Tracing of close contacts completed and isolated. The FIA and Formula 1 are providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency.
“No specific details as to teams or individuals will be provided by the FIA or Formula 1 and results will be made public every 7 days.”
F1 director of motorsports Ross Brawn said earlier this month that he was expecting a positive case to emerge at some point this summer despite the stringent safety and hygiene measures applied to the paddock and the bubble organization that governs each team’s operations.
Formula 1 has scheduled an update on COVID-19 testing every Friday as it provides full transparency on the sport’s testing program and its results.
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“Everyone’s keen to get racing as long as we can offer a safe environment to do it,” said Brawn.
“We need to ensure that Formula 1, being an international sport moving around the world, we don’t become a sport that takes COVID into a country.
“We’ve got to be someone who countries can totally rely on being a safe activity to have.”
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