Will Ricciardo-Norris Miss British GP as McLaren F1 CEO Zak Brown & Others Test COVID Positive?

Published 07/15/2021, 9:46 AM EDT
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 12: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 and Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 look on from the grid during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)


McLaren has released a statement informing that three of its term members, including CEO Zak Brown, have tested positive for COVID-19. The news has left Formula One in shock as the sport was preparing to welcome full capacity at the British Grand Prix this weekend.

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The Woking-based team was looking forward to their home race after a positive Austria race. The statement also provided a seemingly positive update on the McLaren drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris.

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Neither of the drivers have tested positive for Covid-19

As per the statement released by McLaren, neither of their drivers were in close contact with any of the infected members. They are likely to race this weekend at Silverstone and try to bring as many points as possible for the team.

The 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 program before the British Grand Prix. Neither of our drivers are close contacts.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 2, 2021, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during practice REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

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

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I’ll be supporting the team safely from home: McLaren CEO Zak Brown

After the statement issued by the team, McLaren CEO Zak Brown tweeted and reiterated his support for the team.

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“Following our team’s pre-event testing for the British GP, I’ve tested positive for covid-19. I’ve notified all my close contacts and isolating in accordance with govt guidelines.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021, McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

I’ll still be connected to and supporting the team safely from home,” said Brown.

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Will this news impact the performance of the team this weekend? Only time will tell.

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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