Lewis Hamilton Concerned By Mercedes Positive COVID-19 Test

Lewis Hamilton Concerned By Mercedes Positive COVID-19 Test”

They will also be sidelined from the 11th round of the campaign if they have contracted the disease.

Asked about the team member in an online press conference on Thursday, Hamilton said: "Naturally, it's sad to hear that, for the guys that work so hard, we've had this week in between, and those guys work so hard to stay safe and to be here on the weekends".

"I was hoping I wasn't going to get this question, because ultimately, my personal opinion is that the world doesn't need a new circuit", he said. "We'll try and make him proud this weekend, and it's just going to take a different type of work, a lot of work to make sure that we continue on without any disturbances".

Mercedes are keeping the identity of the individual secret but it is understood he is not a high-ranking member of the team.

There have been positive tests from those within the F1 "inner circle" before, including a McLaren team member whose positive test in Melbourne in March led to the last minute cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix.

"This has been handled and is being handled in line with FIA protocols, working closely with the FIA", he added, without giving further details.

"We can confirm that a team member has tested positive", said the spokesperson.

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Staff are required to test every five days, maintain social distancing using a series of "bubbles" and wear a face mask while on the premises.

Earlier this week, Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko revealed that a girlfriend of one of their teams' drivers had recently tested positive for COVID-19.

A deal for Rio Motosports to host the race is agreed with Formula One subject to the promoter being granted permission to build the track.

Meanwhile, Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time world champion Michael, will make his F1 debut in opening practice here on Friday.

The Russian race in Sochi was the first with a substantial crowd in attendance.

Schumacher had been due to deputise for Antonio Giovinazzi at Alfa Romeo for the session, while Ilott was set to appear in place of Romain Grosjean at Haas, continuing their recent F1 preparations.

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