Leclerc tests positive for COVID-19 for second time in 2021

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc has tested positive for COVID-19 after returning home from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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It is the second time this year that the Monegasque driver has tested positive, having also contracted the virus in January after coming into close contact with another case.

The Ferrari Formula 1 driver is suffering from mild symptoms but "feeling fine" and will self-isolate at home.

In a statement, the team tweeted: "Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow driver Charles Leclerc has tested positive for COVID-19.

"In accordance with protocols required by FIA and the team, Charles was tested on his return from Abu Dhabi.

"He is currently feeling fine, with mild symptoms and will self-isolate at home."

Leclerc is yet to comment on his positive test, with his last social media post yesterday suggesting he was going to Maranello to prepare for the 2022 season.

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

Photo by: Ferrari

He also suffered from mild symptoms when he contracted the virus in January.

Nikita Mazepin was the last driver to contract COVID-19 and was ruled out of the season finale after he tested positive last week.

Williams team boss Jost Capito tested positive the previous week, forcing his absence from the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Several drivers were affected last season, with George Russell making his first appearance for Mercedes at the Sakhir Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton fell ill.

F1 sporting director Steve Nielsen admitted that he's "worried" about the potential impact of the return of tighter COVID-19 restrictions worldwide on next year's schedule.

The emergence of the Omicron variant in recent weeks has led to countries re-instating some restrictions as cases in the UK soar, with a record 88,376 new positive test results recorded on Thursday.

 

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