No race cancellation even if driver has Covid-19, says F1 boss Carey

Sports | REUTERS 4 Jun 2020

Formula 1 will not cancel a race even if a driver tests positive for Covid-19, chief executive Chase Carey said.

The American was speaking after unveiling an initial eight-race calendar with the season starting in Austria on July 5. The original March 15 opener in Australia was cancelled after a McLaren team member returned a positive test for the new coronavirus before the weekend had started.

"We encourage teams to have procedures in place so if an individual has to be put in quarantine, we have the ability to quarantine them at a hotel and to replace that individual," Carey said.

"A team not being able to race wouldn't cancel the race... If a driver has an infection, [the teams have] reserve drivers available."

Carey defended the decision to go racing, saying: "Much of the world is moving forward and ... the shutdown does have health, societal and economic consequences which are real long term."

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