Lando Norris confirms positive Covid-19 test, as the McLaren driver becomes Formula 1’s latest virus casualty.
After losing his sense of taste and smell holidaying in Dubai, Norris self isolated while awaiting testing. In some good news, Norris reported he is showing no other symptoms at this stage.
— Lando Norris (@LandoNorris) January 5, 2021
Formula 1 enforced a fairly stringent testing and quarantine policy throughout the 2020 F1 season. Norris is just the fourth driver to test positive. After Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll and Lewis Hamilton all missed time due to the virus.
Norris was quick to inform his team, with McLaren putting out a statement confirming the diagnosis ahead of a planned training camp.
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) January 5, 2021
Planning around Covid-19 contingencies will ultimately continue during the year. With the Australian GP reportedly in limbo surrounding Australia’s 14-day quarantine policy. If it is deemed Melbourne is unable to host the opening round of 2021, Bahrain is set to take up the duties.
The 2021 F1 season will likely see those same stringent testing and isolation protocols that allowed racing to get underway in 2020. With the “fluid nature” of the virus meaning flexibility surrounding dates, crowds and logistics may come into play.