To reduce the risk of the COVID-19 complicate the battle for the title of the F1 who keep english Lewis Hamilton and the finnish Valtteri Bottas, the team Mercedes makes them live "like hermits ", as noted Toto wolff, team leader, after the team reported a second positive result.
A Mercedes spokesperson said the entire equipment had been retested after the first positive appeared the day before kick-off. Eifel Grand Prix of the weekend on the German circuit of Nurburgring. One result was positive and another was inconclusive, he added.
Four more members of the team, who tested negative on all tests, were isolated. "Every loss of an important member in the garage affects the race, but I think we have the situation under control"Wolff told reporters.
The Austrian said they are taking every precaution on and off the track to protect six-time world champion Hamilton and Bottas, who is 44 points behind Briton after 10 races.
"The drivers are the most restricted of the whole team"Wolff explained. "It's certainly not a great situation for them because they almost need to live like hermits and that's what they are doing."
“They don't go out to dinner, they don't meet other people. Inside the team, when we do the reports through Zoom or Microsoft Teams, they are not sitting with the engineers in the room ”, He added.
The Mexican Sergio Pérez, Racing Point, he missed two races in August after contracting the virus, and for now he is the only driver who has tested positive.