Ferrari F1 Driver Charles Leclerc Gives an Update on His Health After Testing Positive for COVID-19

Published 01/17/2021, 8:33 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc arrives at the Yas Marina Circuit Hamad I Mohammed/Pool via REUTERS


On January 14, Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The Monegasque took to his social media and to break the news to fans.

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The tweet he sent out read, “Hello guys, I hope you are all staying safe. I want to let you know that I have tested positive for Covid-19. I’m 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.

He added, “I’m feeling ok 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.”

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Since this message, there were no updates on his health condition for a few days. Until now, that is.

While streaming on Twitch yesterday, the Ferrari star answered his fans’ questions regarding his health. He said, “I’m good, thanks guys. Just a bit of headache and a bit tired.”

The news will come as a relief to fans. They will hope he recovers to full fitness soon and that a 100% charged up Leclerc shows up on the track when the season begins.

Leclerc himself would like to have a much better campaign than he had in 2020. At least from a results perspective, otherwise, the Monegasque was quite brilliant driving a lackluster Ferrari that had no right to be on the podium.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during practice FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Charles Leclerc not the only F1 driver who tested positive in 2021

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Earlier this month, McLaren driver and Leclerc’s close friend Lando Norris too tested positive for the virus. Norris was in Dubai at the time for a planned training camp. On news of his positive test, he went into self-isolation at a hotel in Dubai for 14 days.

His only reported symptoms were a loss of taste and smell.

With the season set to begin in March, both Leclerc and Norris will have a long time to recover. Until then, fans can catch them on Twitch.

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It’s possible that they may even make an appearance once the virtual F1 series gets underway. Either way, we wish them a speedy recovery.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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