COVID-19: No break for F1 even if a driver tests positive

Formula 1 season will continue uninterrupted in the revised schedule even during the adversity of a driver tests positive for novel coronavirus.

The F1 organisers have informed the teams to keep options for reserved drivers.

The race originally slated for March 15 in Australia was forced to be cancelled as a McLaren team member had returned a positive for COVID-10 SARS virus.

Formula 1 chairman and CEO Chase Carey on Tuesday has confirmed that a similar scenario should be avoided in the event a positive test occurs when the championship resumes next month.

“An individual having been found with a positive infection will not lead to a cancellation of a race,” he told the official F1 website. “We encourage teams to have procedures in place so if an individual has to be put in quarantine, we have the ability to quarantine them at a hotel and to replace that individual.

“Some things we’d have to talk through and work through. The array of ‘what ifs’ are too wide to play out every one of them, but a team not being able to race wouldn’t cancel the race.

“I don’t think I could sit here and lay out the consequences. But we will have a procedure in place that finding infection will not lead to a cancellation. If a driver has an infection, [teams have] reserve drivers available.”

F1 had on Tuesday confirmed details of the revised schedule for the first eight races. The season starts with two back to back races in Austria.

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