Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc tests positive for COVID-19 | Formula 1 news

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Charles Leclerc said he had “mild symptoms” and was isolating himself at home in his native Monaco.© Twitter



Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc announced Thursday that he had tested positive for Covid-19, two days after Formula 1 was forced to postpone two of next season’s Grands Prix. “I want to let you know that I have tested positive for Covid-19,” said the Monegasque pilot on Twitter. “I learned that I had been in contact with a positive case and I immediately went into self-isolation … A subsequent test I took came back positive. Leclerc, 23, added that he had “mild symptoms” and was isolating himself at home in his native Monaco.

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He finished eighth last season after just two podiums in a terrible 17-race campaign for Ferrari, in which quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel fell to 13th in the drivers’ standings.

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The positive test is not expected to have an immediate impact on Leclerc’s prospects for the coming season, which will not start until the Bahrain GP on March 28.

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On Tuesday, this year’s Australian GP, ​​the traditional opening of the season, was pushed back until November as the coronavirus pandemic forced a new 2021 schedule.

The Chinese GP has also been suspended without a new date for this race, which is still scheduled.

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