Racing Point reports seven COVID-19 cases for the season

Racing Point team principal Otmar Szafnauer said that seven people, including two of its drivers and team owner, tested positive for COVID-19 so far.

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The Racing Point Formula One team has had seven positive cases of COVID-19 this season, including both its drivers and team owner, principal Otmar Szafnauer said on Friday.

Mexican Sergio Perez, who missed two races in August, and Canadian Lance Stroll, who was ruled out of the Eifel GP at the Nuerburgring this month, are the only drivers to have contracted the virus since the season started in Austria in July.

Stroll's father Lawrence tested positive this month on the same day his son returned home to Switzerland from the Nuerburgring on October 11.

“Two drivers and a team owner and a handful of other people that were tested at the factory and that's it -- so in total I think we're seven,” Szafnauer told reporters at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Italy's Imola circuit.

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Szafnauer said no engineers were among that number.

“We don't name people, as to who tested positive, and we don't name their roles either,” he said.

Perez told reporters that two of those who tested positive had worked on his car, including his front-end mechanic, and had been missing from the October 11 Eifel Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring.

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“Let's not forget that this virus can get very serious, so for me the most important thing was to have them back fully recovered, which they are back, both of my guys, and that was the most important thing,” said the Mexican.

Sunday's race is taking place behind closed doors as part of measures to fight a resurgence of the virus.

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