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Norris tests positive for COVID

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05/01/2021

McLaren has revealed that Lando Norris has tested positive for the coronavirus whilst holidaying in Dubai.

The news comes as speculation mounts over the season opener in Melbourne, F1 bosses currently in talks with both the race organisers and the Victoria government.

"McLaren can confirm that Lando Norris tested positive for covid-19 yesterday in Dubai, where he is currently on holiday ahead of a planned training camp," said the Woking outfit in a brief statement.

"After recognising a loss of taste and smell, he was tested immediately and informed the team. In line with local regulations, he is now self-isolating at his hotel for 14 days. He is currently feeling well and reports no other symptoms."

The news means that Norris is the fourth driver to test positive, after both Racing Point drivers were forced to miss races, as was the case with Lewis Hamilton who missed the Sakhir event.

Ironically, it was the discovery that a member of the McLaren squad had tested positive in Melbourne last year that led to the British team withdrawing from the event, a move that kick-started the eventual postponement of the event just hours before the cars were due to hit the track for FP1.

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1. Posted by Roli, 05/01/2021 19:08

"@chickenFarmerF1 : you missed my point, I would really like to see how Russell would do in a different car, I honestly think he could be the real deal. I also hope tat Nando gets over it, no one deserves to get it. "

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2. Posted by ChickenFarmerF1, 05/01/2021 17:15

"@Roli - Given it's a solid 2 months until Melbourne, assuming they even hold that race, I'd say this was decent timing for him to get sick. Plenty of time to recover and still get in most of the pre-season training.

Far as Mr Russell goes, he needs to have either of the Merc drivers retire or be dropped. It's almost too bad for him it's Lewis's contract still under negotiation. Were it Bottas's contract there might well be a chance to move up. But, as well as he did at the Sakhir race, there's little chance of Merc dropping Lewis to snag him."

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3. Posted by Roli, 05/01/2021 14:30

"well if Nando cant drive in the firt race, get Russell to take his seat.....Get well soon !"

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