Williams Racing has informed that George Russell’s physio Aleix Casanovas is under self-isolation due to COVID-19 symptoms.
With just a day to go for the F1 Emilia Romagna GP at Imola, Williams’ Russell has a COVID-19 scare after the team informed about self-isolation of his physio, Casanovas, post the Portuguese GP, after he complained of mild symptoms.
Williams, though, has clarified that Casanovas was tested on Wednesday, whose result returned as negative. However, they will re-test him on Friday as a precaution and take it forward with the FIA, whatever the result comes by.
Russell hasn’t met Casanovas since the day of the F1 grand prix at Algarve – which was four days ago. His last COVID-19 test on Tuesday returned as negative which helped him to enter Italy for this weekend’s race. He will be tested on Friday as well.
A statement by Williams was shared with the media, which stated: “After displaying mild respiratory symptoms this morning, George Russell’s performance coach is self-isolating today in line with FIA guidelines. A Covid-19 test collected yesterday was negative, however he will undergo a further precautionary test again tomorrow outside the paddock before taking further directions from the FIA.
“He has not been in contact with George since race day in Portugal. George undertook his scheduled Covid-19 test on Tuesday in order to enter Italy today – which was also confirmed as negative. He will be re-tested at the track on Friday as part of the team’s regular testing schedule,” it read.
It remains to be seen how it shapes up for the team and Russell but Williams have Jack Aitken in a reserve role as the British-Korean racer made his first track appearance earlier this season at Red Bull Ring in Styrian GP’s FP1 session. Beside him, they have Daniel Ticktum, Roy Nissany and Jamie Chadwick in development role.
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