Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has announced that he has tested positive for Coronavirus.
Leclerc announced via Instagram that he had come into contact with someone who tested positive for Coronavirus, consequently forcing him to self-isolate at home in Monaco, where he took a test which came back positive.
Leclerc posted the following on Instagram, saying;
“Hello guys, I hope you are all staying safe. I want to let you know that I have tested positive for COVID-19,” Leclerc wrote.
“I am regularly checked according to my team’s protocols. Unfortunately, I learned that I have been in contact with a positive case and immediately went into self-isolation, notifying anyone I had contact with.
“A subsequent test I took has come back positive.
“I am feeling OK and have mild symptoms. I will remain in isolation in my home in Monaco in complicate with the regulations set by the local health authorities.
“Stay safe and take care.”
Leclerc now is the fifth F1 driver to test positive for Coronavirus after McLaren driver, Lando Norris tested positive whilst in Dubai over the festive season.
Reigning F1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton had to miss the Sakhir Grand Prix in early December after testing positive himself, having been in contact with someone when visiting Dubai ahead of the Bahrain double-header.
The winner of that race coincidentally was Racing Point’s Sergio Perez, who had sat out both Silverstone rounds in early August following a positive Coronavirus test and was replaced with Nico Hulkenberg for both races.
Hulkenberg however was again called up as an emergency substitute for Racing Point at the Nurburgring in Germany in October, after Lance Stroll fell ill with what subsequently was confirmed as a positive case of Coronavirus.
Leclerc will be partnered this season at Ferrari by Carlos Sainz following the Spaniard’s switch from McLaren to replace Sebastian Vettel, who was released by Ferrari at end of last season and joined Aston Martin.