Site logo

F1 reports further increase in positive COVID tests

NEWS STORY
03/10/2020

For the second successive week, F1 has recorded an increase in positive test results for the coronavirus.

From when testing began in early July until 18 September, from 49,228 tests, ten were to prove positive, the most high profile of these being Sergio Perez.

However, in the week ending 25 September, a further 3,526 tests revealed 7 positive results.

The latest round of 1,822 tests has resulted in 10 proving positive.

While organisers at Monza allowed a limited number of health workers access to the Italian Grand Prix, the events at Mugello and Sochi were the first to witness paying fans in the stands. However, F1 bosses insist that this had no bearing on the number of positive tests.

"Those who tested positive were all ancillary personnel," said F1 in a brief statement. "Those cases have been managed quickly and effectively without impacting the event.

"The presence of fans has not affected that situation as the public was not allowed to enter the F1 bubble as per our protocol in force," it added.

LATEST NEWS

more news >

RELATED ARTICLES

LATEST IMAGES

galleries >

  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images

POST A COMMENT

or Register for a Pitpass ID to have your say

Please note that all posts are reactively moderated and must adhere to the site's posting rules and etiquette.

Post your comment

READERS COMMENTS

 

1. Posted by Bill Hopgood, 03/10/2020 18:59

"I don't know what constitutes a "round" of testing so it's difficult to see how the correlation to number of tests and number of positive cases works.
I also don't know what an "ancillary" person is however I suspect it means someone who isn't "key" personal such as a team member.
Let's assume "ancillary" is someone like a marshal.
Marshals come and go per track, mingling with society as permitted in the interim and therefore a higher risk than staying around the same people all the time as per the F1 "bubble/s".
What we do know is that the more testing done the higher the number of cases as there is a higher chance of finding those cases that have very low symptoms.
Something we don't know from hearing the worldwide stats, or it's hard to figure out, is the number of people seriously ill / incapacitated and for how long.
We do know the number of fatal cases but there seems to be issues with some stats around the world with how these are counted, with some states including anyone that has COVID 19, and passes away, being counted as a case even though their other illness may have been what caused their death, and other states not reporting much of anything at all.
In regards to F1, going by what the article says, it looks like the cases are outside of the F1 teams and potentially "locals" that are involved in the races.
Also, the number of tests could be lower as lately there is two weeks between races, therefore, less events within a certain timeframe requiring less tests.

Way back when F1 announced that they could run races safely, I was highly sceptical that it would work.
I'm absolutely stoked to be proven incorrect in this regard.
Now I'm wondering if the rest of the world can look to what F1 has done to see how other things can be done to get the world somewhat back into what we had before.

Hopefully the remaining F1 schedule is able to be completed and those that have tested positive make a speedy recovery."

Rating: Positive (1)     Rate comment: Positive | NegativeReport this comment

2. Posted by alvarezh3, 03/10/2020 12:07

"This scenario was discussed here at the beginning of the pandemic by the Editor and some of the commenters.

Additionally, it looks like some countries with increased cases in it's population will start to close their borders (which was a possibility also discussed here), lets just hope it wont affect any of the forthcoming races.

So, for those who continuously follow Pitpass, the news should come as no surprise."

Rating: Positive (1)     Rate comment: Positive | NegativeReport this comment

3. Posted by Max Noble, 03/10/2020 11:49

"Thank goodness F1 is reducing the number of tests so the numbers look better. Worked really well in the USA where the latest “ancillary” to test positive was D. Trump. All good. Nothing to see here..."

Rating: Positive (2)     Rate comment: Positive | NegativeReport this comment

Share this page

X

Copyright © Pitpass 2002 - 2021. All rights reserved.

about us  |  advertise  |  contact  |  privacy & security  |  rss  |  terms