LONDON: Canadian Formula One driver Lance Stroll said yesterday he tested positive for Covid-19 after the Oct. 11 Eifel Grand Prix but was now clear and ready to race in Portugal this coming weekend.
The 21-year-old missed the race at the Nuerburgring after feeling unwell and was replaced at short notice by Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg at the Racing Point team.
The Silverstone-based outfit, owned by Stroll’s father Lawrence and third in the contructors’ standings, said at the time that he had felt unwell since the Russian Grand Prix on Sept. 27 but had tested negative.
Stroll is the second Formula One driver to contract the new coronavirus, the other being his Mexican team mate Sergio Perez who missed two races in August.
“I just want to let everyone know that I recently tested positive for Covid-19 after the Eifel GP weekend,” said Stroll on his social media accounts.
“I am feeling 100% and have since tested negative.”
Stroll said he had woken up on the Saturday morning at the Nuerburgring with an upset stomach.
“I followed the FIA protocol and self-isolated in my motorhome and did not re-enter the paddock,” he explained.
“I wasn’t fit to race so I flew home early Sunday morning. As I was still feeling under the weather I took a Covid test on Sunday evening.
“The next day the results came back positive, so I stayed at home self-isolating for the next 10 days. Luckily, my symptoms were pretty mild.”
Stroll said he was tested again last Monday and his results were negative.
“I feel in great shape and I can’t wait to be back with the team and to race in Portugal,” he added.