Carlos Sainz has put himself into self-isolation after returning from his F1 Australian GP travel and more so after McLaren member was tested positive for COVID-19.
While Lando Norris was seen playing the F1 2019 in the ‘Not the… Aus GP’ over the weekend from his home, McLaren teammate Sainz has shared an update from his home where he has put himself under self-isolation, especially after returning from Australia.
One of the McLaren team member was tested positive for COVID-19 which forced a total of 14 personnel to stay back in Australia. Team principal Andreas Seidl stayed there for few days but have since returned, while Andrea Stella chose to spend more days there.
Sainz, meanwhile, is taking as much precaution and has self-isolated, where he certainly feels bored as there is nothing much to do. He is the first F1 driver to notify the step, even though others have had shared some kind of updates of their well-being.
“At the moment I feel perfectly fine, but as you are aware that doesn’t necessarily mean that I am not infected or that I can’t develop the symptoms going forward,” said Sainz. “For the sake of everybody, it is very important to be responsible and follow the guidelines of the experts.
“It’s been a busy few days trying to organise my life since then. Obviously, I’m a bit bored. I mean, I guess everyone who’s doing this quarantine is a bit bored. But at the same time I am trying to do some sport, I’m trying to keep myself busy and do the kind of things that I would never do because of so much travelling.
“I just wanted to send a message to all the mechanics, people that stayed there in Australia, sending them some good vibes, sending them a lot of positivity, sending them a big hug, because I’m sure we’re all gonna leave this quarantine as soon as possible.
“And as soon as we’re done, we will get back to business. And as soon as this virus is over, we will go back racing. I cannot wait to be honest. I miss racing, I miss travelling around the world with my team. But in the end, you know, this is something that will pass, something that we need to get over as soon as possible and for that, better stay home, better stay in quarantine and don’t do much.”
McLaren shared an update on the 14 members in Australia, where Zak Brown noted of good recovery while Seidl thanked all the F1 rivals for their help. Since then, Pirelli Motorsport has confirmed that one of their members is also down with COVID-19.
Aside Sainz and Norris, Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo has posted videos of his continued training, while Esteban Ocon was seen racing online. Same went for Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen as Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas chose to spend time with his girlfriend.
At the same time, Lewis Hamilton has been training as well after choosing to stay back in Australia for longer time as he also shared a handwash video after he was asked to do so by Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean. There was a COVID-19 scare for the British racer.
He attended an event on March 3 which had Canadian PM’s wife, who has since been tested positive for COVID-19, and also actor Idris Elba, who confirmed his test on Monday. It is unsure if Hamilton has it but so far he seems fine as per the videos.
Among others, Williams’ George Russell shared a video of being at home, while there is radio silence from everybody else mostly apart from Alfa Romeo Racing pair Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi, who shared photos/tweets but nothing in detail.
UPDATE: Sainz confirmed that his test results came negative for COVID-19. “After what happened in Australia. I needed to do the COVID-19 test and I am very happy because the results are negative. In reality it won’t change much, because I will continue in quarantine.”
Idris Elba has tested positive for #COVID19, Canadian PM's wife Sophie Trudeau was already positive. They both attended an event where @LewisHamilton was there too. Event was on March 3 in the UK, lets hope everyone is safe in the end. #F1 | @MercedesAMGF1 @MsportXtra @F1Media https://t.co/hFW6JwAe4V
— Darshan Chokhani (@DarshanChokhani) March 16, 2020
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— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) March 16, 2020
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— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) March 15, 2020
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