Gasly tests positive for COVID-19

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Pierre Gasly has announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently self-isolating but is feeling “OK”.

The AlphaTauri driver has been spending the off-season at a training camp in Dubai, as he did during the months prior to the start of the 2020 campaign.

He recently returned home to France and announced on Sunday night that he has since tested positive for COVID-19.

“Hello everyone, I hope you’re all safe and well,” he said.

“I wanted to let you know that I tested positive for Covid-19. I’ve told everyone I’ve been in contact with during the last few days.

“I’m currently self-isolating and following the protocol set by the local health authorities. I’m feeling OK and will continue to follow my training plan from my home while I remain in isolation. Take care.”

Gasly becomes the sixth driver on the grid to test positive in the past year, with Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll and Lewis Hamilton doing so during the season and missing races as a result and Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc both becoming infected during the winter break.

Once again, the virus is causing huge issues for the F1 schedule, with races in Australia and China already postponed and more expected to follow.

Because of this, CEO Stefano Domenicali has stated that a flexible approach will be taken to the calendar throughout the season.

“What I can share is that I’m personally in contact on a daily basis with all the organisers,” he said.

“We know the pandemic is still there, that’s why we changed the place of Australia in the calendar, but so far the information we have is that everyone would like to go ahead with the plan.

“Of course, we need to be flexible enough to understand that maybe in the first part of the season we may have some events with no public or with restricted numbers of public.

“But what I can assure our supporters, our fans, is that really we want to make sure that the season is there, we have a commitment and we want to take that on board.

“We have possible alternatives in case of, but so far no one has given us different information to what we have shared.

“This is what we know today, but we know how the pandemic has evolved so we need to be ready for a flexible approach on the season.”