Formula 1’s renowned tyre man – Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola – has tested positive for the coronavirus, but the Italian is currently asymptomatic although in isolation.
A statement from Pirelli said Isola had teste positive on Sunday at Istanbul Park.
“The FIA, Formula 1 and Pirelli can confirm that Pirelli Head of F1 and Car Racing Mario Isola has tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday 15 November at the Turkish Grand Prix,” said the company.
“Mario returned a positive result during the regular Sunday COVID testing schedule. He is now isolating, and is asymptomatic and will adhere to the local medical guidelines.
“All close contacts have been declared, retested, and no further positive cases have been returned. Mario Isola will be repatriated to Italy following all the relevant stringent health protocols.”
The Italian engineer posted on Monday afternoon a brief message on Twitter.
Thank you all for your messages! I’m fine and luckily no symptoms! Back soon
— Mario Isola (@Mario_Isola) November 16, 2020
Today’s announcement follows the news from last Friday by Williams in which the British outfit revealed that acting team principal Simon Roberts had tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of traveling to Turkey.
Formula 1’s latest update on COVID-19 testing stated that 2543 test had been conducted on drivers, teams and personnel, with 9 people testing positive, including Roberts.
Source: Formula 1 – F1I