Lewis Hamilton says positive Covid test at Mercedes is wake-up call for F1

  • No sign Hamilton had contact with unidentified team member
  • ‘It is important for everyone around the world to be reminded’

Lewis Hamilton has insisted there can be no relaxation of precautions against Covid-19 after one of his Mercedes team tested positive before this weekend’s Eifel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. The world champion admitted the loss of the team member is detrimental to them but was confident they would overcome any difficulties.

Mercedes announced on Thursday that one of the team had tested positive, the first such result they had returned this season. The team member was not identified but Mercedes stressed that they were dealing with the situation according to F1 and FIA protocols. To date F1 has conducted 50,000 tests returning 26 positive results. None have affected a race meeting going ahead and the sport remains confident that it could continue to operate a race weekend even if multiple cases were identified.

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