Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen Covid-19 result was positive and he will not attend this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix.
The 41-year-old Finn, who this week said he will retire from F1 at the end of the season, will be replaced by reserve driver Robert Kubica.
Alfa Romeo said: “Kimi is showing no symptoms and is in good spirits. He has instantly entered isolation”
Kubica last raced at the conclusion of the 2019 season for Williams but has tested for Alfa several times this year.
An Alfa Romeo spokesperson expressed: “We ran a complete close contacts check and I’m happy to say there is no further effect on our operations for the rest of the weekend.”
F1’s governing body the FIA has strict Covid protocols which require the immediate isolation and then retesting of anyone designated a close contact of someone who has a positive test result.
Alfa said that “all close contacts have been sorted according to the FIA protocols”.
Williams chief executive officer and team principle Jost Capito had dinner with Raikkonen on Friday night and, as close contact is now isolated in his hotel room.
F1 applies the national guidelines of the country in which the individual race is being held and in the Netherlands, the requirement is only to have to isolate as a close contact if a person is not vaccinated.
A lot of F1 personnel have received a Covid-19 vaccine.
Raikkonen is the seventh F1 driver to contract coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic.
The first was Mexican Sergio Perez, who missed two races early in the delayed 2020 season when he was driving for Racing Point.
His teammate Lance Stroll followed in October, before seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton missed the penultimate race of the season when he caught it.
Hamilton last month spoke of his belief that he was still passing through the after-effects of the infection – disheartening ‘long Covid’ in terms of tiredness and an effect on his training.
McLaren driver Lando Norris, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly all contracted the disease during the off-season while training in Dubai.
A lot of senior figures, which includes Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff, Aston Martin team owner Lawrence Stroll, and Alfa Romeo team boss Frederic Vasseur covid-19 result also showed positive.