Charles Leclerc latest driver to contract COVID-19 | Planet F1

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.

More to follow…

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