FORMULA ONE was the primary worldwide sport to return again after the coronavirus pandemic and with a view to get approval from the respective governments of the international locations it went to, it wanted to have a strict Covid Code of Conduct.
Lewis Hamilton is the third driver this season to test positive for coronavirus after Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll.
Lewis Hamilton won’t be getting behind the wheel in Bahrain as a result of he has coronavirusCredit score: Reuters
What’s the F1 coronavirus protocol?
Every member of the group, drivers, media and FIA employees needed to conform to the doc that outlined the procedures of the testing course of and the steps ought to somebody take a look at constructive.
Anybody attending a GP with entry to the paddock or surrounding buildings should take a pre-event Covid take a look at earlier than they journey to the nation.
That is finished within the type of an intrusive nasal and throat swab by licensed firm, Eurofins, which I’ve finished on a Monday, permitting me sufficient time to get the outcomes earlier than flying.
The outcomes are additionally despatched to the FIA and, ought to there be a constructive take a look at, that individual and their group can be notified.
How did Lewis Hamilton discover out he examined constructive?
The regulation swab and take a look at is what occurred with Hamilton.
The world champion felt “delicate signs” and it was the pre-event take a look at that delivered a constructive outcome.
It was the identical for Perez, who tested positive ahead of the British GP and was compelled to overlook out.
This take a look at is sort of a security internet and limits the individuals they arrive into contact with, reducing the danger of additional an infection.
As soon as the individual is informed they’re constructive, they’re instantly dominated out from competing that weekend and are positioned below the native medical tips of the nation wherein the take a look at happened.
How lengthy will Hamilton should isolate?
So seven-time world champ Hamilton shall be compelled to isolate for 10 days earlier than present process one other take a look at for Covid-19, as a part of the Bahraini authorities’s procedures.
Whereas he shall be positioned into isolation, so too will the members of his bubble – those that come into common shut contact with him, notably his efficiency coach, Angela Cullen, and advisor, Marc Hynes.
That is customary process the place these within the bubble stay in isolation following the outcomes of additional testing. They’ll then return to work ought to they take a look at unfavourable.
In the meantime, the entire of the Mercedes race group in Bahrain can be testested – like each individual attending this weekend’s race.
So that features the likes of Max Verstappen and Alex Albon, who have been on the rostrum with him final Sunday.
Any individual failing a take a look at shall be remoted of their lodge room or motorhome, with essential replacements name up.
Each individual can also be required to undertake one other Covid take a look at upon the primary 24 hours of their arrival within the paddock – that is usually finished on Thursday morning.
Then there’s a remaining take a look at, normally finished on Sunday morning or the next day, primarily for reassurance earlier than travelling dwelling, the place as on this case, the subsequent race.