Lance Stroll makes himself available for Portuguese GP

Tanya Simon
October 23, 2020

The Canadian is the second driver to test positive after his own team-mate Sergio Perez was forced to miss the British and 70th Anniversary Grands Prix in July because of the virus.

Stroll, who competes for Racing Point, said he returned a positive Covid-19 result upon arriving home, but says he is fit to take part in this weekend's Portuguese Grand Prix after since testing negative.

"As stated by Lance on social media this morning, Racing Point can confirm that he tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday 11th of October".

"I think with what we do at Racing Point and with the change the FIA made, I'm not going to do anything else", he said.

Stroll was confirmed to have coronavirus after the Eifel GP, where he did not race because he was unwell, but he was not tested at the event.

Stroll missed the Eifel Grand Prix race weekend after feeling unwell on Saturday morning, but did not take a test for COVID-19 until he had travelled home on a private jet on Sunday evening.

The team boss insisted the Canadian had not shown typical symptoms but revealed also that the driver had described them to a family doctor over the telephone rather than seeing anyone in person at the track.

"The doctor told him the symptoms aren't Covid symptoms, he didn't feel up to coming into the paddock", Szafnauer said.

"Is it zero? I don't know that much about it, but it's low, you know".

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Racing Point says it opted against testing Lance Stroll for COVID-19 on the Saturday of the Eifel Grand Prix because his doctor did not believe his symptoms were in line with the coronavirus.

He had tested negative prior to the German weekend, but proved positive when tested subsequently.

"Yes, Nico is here", Szafnauer said on Thursday.

"I flew home the next day on Sunday and took my test that I always take after the race weekend and it was positive on Sunday evening".

"Hindsight's a wonderful thing but he tested pre-event negative. The symptoms were there since the time with the information we had, it (another test) was unnecessary".

For this weekend's Portuguese Grand Prix, everyone is required to take a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of entering the circuit.

Stroll is in ninth place in the drivers' standings on 57 points. If the test is positive, close contacts must also isolate in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

F1 has strict protocols to minimise the risks of Covid-19, similarly Racing Point, with all employees tested twice a week, while anyone travelling to races is tested on their return to the UK.

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