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Race directors test positive

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27/04/2022

Numerous outlets are claiming that both F1 race directors, Eduardo Freitas and Niels Wittich, have tested positive for COVID.

Wittich is understood to have tested positive following last weekend's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, while Freitas, who was not on duty, has also tested positive.

In order to travel to the United States for next weekend's Miami Grand Prix, visitors must test negative one day before travel, however even if that is the case therei is always the fact of the chosen race director still feeling unwell, as was the case with Sebastian Vettel who missed the opening two races.

The FIA is saying nothing, insisting that it will not comment on "unsubstantiated" media reports, adding that it will "only disclose medical information about our personnel if it was relevant to the running of the event".

News of issue has prompted specualtion that Michael Masi might be asked to resutirn to the role, though even if this were the case - which is doubtful - it is unlikely that the Australian would accept.

The most likely solution is that Charlie Whiting's former debuty, Herbie Blash would temprarily assume the role, or Colin Haywood, who is scheduled to be the deputy race director next weekend.

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1. Posted by kenji, 28/04/2022 13:26

" I would love to see Michael Masi back for the race. The reaction of the Mercedes duo of 'Sad and Mad' would be priceless.



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2. Posted by Hobgoblin, 28/04/2022 10:25

"Superbird70 - Don't forget that Ferrari will be disqualified and docked 100 points per driver"

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3. Posted by jcr, 28/04/2022 10:02

"First They will have to ask Lewis and Toto who is acceptable !!!"

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4. Posted by TokyoAussie, 28/04/2022 4:20

"Now that team principals and sporting directors etc. cannot lobby the race director mid race, it should be a doddle. :flushed:"

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5. Posted by Superbird70, 27/04/2022 23:35

"Redphyve: you forgot he also wins the sprint race that isn't held."

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6. Posted by Ro, 27/04/2022 23:15

"Bring back Masi !
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7. Posted by Redphyve, 27/04/2022 22:07

"Obviously I'm joking peeps😂😂"

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8. Posted by Redphyve, 27/04/2022 22:06

"Formula 1 race directors Eduardo Freitas and Niels Wittich test positive for Covid-19 ahead of Miami Grand Prix. The replacement is understood to be Michael Masi.

Max Verstappen has been assigned Pole, Fastest Lap and Race-Winner, Runner-up and Fastest pit-stop for the Miami GP."

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