McLaren boss tests positive for Covid-19 and will MISS British GP

EXCLUSIVE: McLaren F1 boss Zak Brown tests positive for Covid-19 and will MISS this weekend’s British Grand Prix due to strict isolation rules – but drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo remain free to race at Silverstone

  • McLaren announced that three staff members have tested positive for Covid-19
  • CEO and team boss Zak Brown has been confirmed as one of the positive cases
  • He will now miss the British Grand Prix at Silverstone as he begins his isolation
  • Drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo are said to be unaffected by the result 

McLaren’s preparation for the British Grand Prix has been dramatically altered after Team Principal Zak Brown tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday.

The McLaren chief was named in a team statement, which also added that two others members of staff had tested positive along with Brown.

Drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo remain unaffected and will be able to race as planned for the team’s home GP this weekend, with race action starting in qualifying on Friday night.   

Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren F1, will miss the British Grand Prix after a positive Covid-19 test

Brown tweeted that is will support the team ‘safely from home’ as begins his self-isolation

A team statement read: ‘McLaren Racing confirmed today that three team members, including CEO Zak Brown, tested positive for Covid-19 during the team’s rigorous testing programme before the British Grand Prix. 

‘Neither of our drivers are close contacts.

‘All three cases are unconnected and now isolating in accordance with government guidelines. The team’s operations for the British Grand Prix are unaffected.’

In a follow-up tweet to the team’s statement, Brown added: ‘Following our team’s pre-event testing for the British GP, I’ve tested positive for covid-19. 

Lando Norris (left) and Daniel Ricciardo (right) have been unaffected by the positive tests

‘I’ve notified all my close contacts and isolating in accordance with govt guidelines. I’ll still be connected to and supporting the team safely from home.’ 

The British Grand Prix is McLaren’s home race and Brown’s absence will prove incredibly frustrating for him on the eve of the race weekend.

McLaren have dealt with positive cases previously with Norris testing positive in January while it was the off-season.

He made a swift recovery in time for the 2021 season but a number of drivers have contracted the virus since the pandemic began.  

Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc, Lance Stroll, Sergio Perez and Pierre Gasly have previously tested positive from the F1 bubble.

F1’s strict Covid protocols mean that any positive test requires immediate self-isolation away from the bubble.   

Brown was one of three staff members at McLaren to produce positive tests on Thursday

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