Charles Leclerc has become the fifth current F1 driver to confirm he has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Ferrari racer joins Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll and Lewis Hamilton – all of whom missed at least one race of the 2020 season due to illness – and Lando Norris.
Like Norris, who was on holiday in Dubai at the time, Leclerc’s positive test has occurred during the off-season and therefore is not expected to impact significantly on his work.
In an Instagram post, Leclerc said: “Hello guys. I hope you are all staying safe.
“I want to let you know that I have tested positive for COVID-19. 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 okay and have mild symptoms. I will remain in isolation in my home in Monaco in compliance with the regulations set by the local health authorities.
“Stay safe and take care.”
Ferrari also released a statement to the same effect.
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