F1 report no positive COVID-19 cases in latest tests

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No positive COVID-19 cases have been found in the paddock after 1461 tests were carried out between the 17th and 23rd of July. 

Various measures have been implemented upon Formula 1’s return, including social distancing and mask requirements.

Each member of the paddock is also tested regularly and can, of course, only enter the track if they have confirmed negative results.

In the latest round of tests, there were no positive results, a statement on the official F1 website confirmed.

“The FIA and Formula 1 have confirmed that between Friday 17th July and Thursday 23rd July, 1,461 tests for Covid-19 were performed on drivers, teams and personnel. Of these, zero people have tested positive,” it reads.

“The lower number of tests conducted in this period compared to previous weeks reflects the fact there is a break in the race schedule following three back to back events, in Austria and Hungary.

“As part of the safety measures put in place, any personnel attending a race are tested for Covid-19 before travelling (using private testing services) and must produce a negative result before they can enter the track.

“They are then being tested every five days, using private medical teams, during events, along with extra screening – including on arrival to the circuit. Inside the track, stringent measures have been put in place in a bid to keep all F1 personnel safe.”

Since the start of the season in Austria, just over 15,000 tests have been conducted. Of them, two came back positive, but neither of the personnel in question had attended a Grand Prix.

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