McLaren's Lando Norris tests positive for Covid-19

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Lando Norris talks in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium. Image:  DPPI /  Getty Images.
Lando Norris talks in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium. Image: DPPI / Getty Images.

• McLaren driver Lando Norris announced via social media that he tested positive for Covid-19.

• The British driver is currently isolating and has lost his sense of taste and smell.

• Norris is the fourth Formula 1 driver to test positive after Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll and Lewis Hamilton.



McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris announced he has tested positive for Covid-19 and will be self-isolating for the next fortnight. 

The 21-year-old said he went for a test after losing his sense of taste and smell. He is not experiencing any other symptoms.

The first race of the season is set for March 21 at Albert Park in Australia. The Grand Prix weekend was called off minutes before the start of the first free practice after a McLaren team personnel tested positive for the coronavirus. 

Norris is the fourth Formula 1 driver to test positive after Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll and Lewis Hamilton.

Perez had flown to Mexico to visit his mother who had come out of hospital when he announced he had tested positive. 

Hamilton missed the penultimate race of the season, with Williams driver George Russell replacing the seven-time champion in the Mercedes. 

2021 season 

Meanwhile organisers of the opening in Melbourne say they will monitor the situation around travel restrictions in the country. 

Australia requires visitors to quarantine for two weeks after entering the country and F1 insiders say this could pose challenges to teams.  

The 2020 season was reduced to 17 races from 22 due to the impact of the virus. The season only got underway in July, five months after it was originally meant to begin. 

Due to the pandemic the first eight races were completed with no spectators in attendance as the sport remained committed to securing the 'F1 bubble'. 

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton secured his seventh title and the team won the constructors' championship. 

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