Mahindra Racing CEO and team principal Dilbagh Gill has tested positive for COVID-19 and is set to miss all six races of the 2019-20 Formula E season finale.
All drivers and team staff attending the Tempelhof Airport venue have had to take a test and serve a mandatory 36-hour quarantine in their respective hotel room.
Although Gill, who is based in the US, says he is not suffering from any symptoms of the coronavirus, he tested positive on Monday and is now facing a 10-14 day isolation period.
He said during a press conference with select media, including Motorsport.com: “The first thing to get off my chest is that I have tested positive for COVID-19 in the first test [on Monday].
“I’m under isolation at this point in time and waiting for my second test
“I do not have any symptoms and I’m feeling quite well so I think that’s something from my side.
“I feel a bit bummed that I’m not able to help the team at this point in time but it’s best for everyone’s health that I’m away.”
Mahindra Racing, which during lockdown has moved to a new premises and has updated the software on its M6Electro car, had already planned for a team restructure should any of its key staff fall ill.
Gill added: “We had expected that there might have to be some team changes going forward because of COVID-19. Everyone had a back-up.
“Mahindra has a pretty strong management team so Toni Cuquerella [chief race engineer] will step in to do the team principal duty and David Clarke [team manager] will basically share the responsibilities.
“On a race day it’s largely them who take care of running the cars so between both of them we are in pretty safe hands.
“I’m just a radio call away.”
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