Racing Point defend their COVID-19 procedure

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 23 2020
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Racing Point say they cannot do any more to protect against coronavirus, despite driver Lance Stroll testing positive after the last Grand Prix.

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.

Team principal Otmar Szafnauer said: "If I thought our process was wrong, I would change it.I'm not going to do anything else. There is nothing else to do."

Szafnauer's explanations of Stroll's symptoms have been inconsistent. At the Nurburgring event two weeks ago, he said that Stroll had first felt unwell with an upset stomach at the preceding race in Russia, and that in Germany he could not race because he had "flu-like symptoms and [was] just not well in himself and couldn't exercise, together with a tummy bug".

Fever, fatigue and diarrhoea are three of the possible symptoms of COVID-19 listed on the websites of the World Health Organisation and the US Government's Centre for Disease Control. F1 has strict protocols to minimise the risks of coronavirus, but Szafnauer revealed that he had tried to persuade Stroll to take part in the race weekend when the driver said he wanted to withdraw on the morning of qualifying.

Stroll flew home to Switzerland on the morning of the race without being tested, but took a test when he arrived back. This returned a positive result.

Szafnauer defended the team's COVID procedures, insisting they "test more than any other business on the planet", and saying all employees are tested twice a week, and anyone travelling to races is tested in addition on their return to the UK.

Lance Stroll is the second Racing Point driver to contract coronavirus this year after Sergio Perez missed the two Silverstone races in the summer when he tested positive after a trip to Mexico to see his mother. No other team has had a driver test positive, although a number have had positive cases among staff.

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 23 2020

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