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Kimi Raikonnen tests positive for Covid-19

Kimi Raikonnen tests positive for Covid-19

It was recently announced that the Finn has contracted the virus and will therefore be replaced by reserve driver, Robert Kubica

Formula 1 driver, Kimi Raikonnen has been recently tested positive for Covid-19 following the result which was returned during an on-site test and will therefore not participate in the Dutch Grand Prix. The 2007 world champion will be replaced by Alfa Romeo’s reserve driver Robert Kubica.

This adds to the list of Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris, Sergio Pérez, Charles Leclerc, Lance Stroll and Pierre Gasly who have all had the virus.

The 41-year old who had just announced his retirement during the eve of the Dutch GP is currently being isolated in his hotel room. The team said via Twitter that the driver is “displaying no symptoms and is in good spirits.” They also wished him a speedy recovery.

Jost Capito, the team principal who had dinner with Raikkonen on Friday night, is also now isolating.

The FIA and F1 said in a statement: “The FIA, Formula 1 and Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN can today confirm that during onsite PCR testing for the 2021 FIA Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix, Kimi Räikkönen has tested positive for COVID-19.

“In accordance with COVID-19 protocols, he will take no further part in this Event. All contacts have been declared. The procedures set out by the FIA and Formula 1 will ensure no wider impact on the Dutch Grand Prix.”

He will need a negative test before being allowed to return to the paddock.

On Kubica stepping in at short notice, the team said: “Robert has been reserve driver of Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN since the start of the 2020 season and has driven the team’s C41 in three practice sessions this year. With 97 Formula One starts to his name and experience with 2021 Formula One machinery, he will be ready for action and to give his best for the team.”

Kubica last raced in F1 for Williams in 2019 but has tested for Alfa Romeo. He was one of the brightest stars in F1, a contemporary of Hamilton, until he suffered a serious injury in 2011 at the Ronde di Andora rally, when an accident partly severed his right forearm. That he made it back to F1 at all was remarkable given the extent of his injuries.

References: Formula 1The Guardian