FIA confirm eight more COVID-19 F1 cases

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Formula 1’s governing body, the FIA, confirmed there have been eight more cases of COVID-19 after results for the latest round of testing were released on Friday.

The results, stemming from the 1,506 tests conducted between October 9 and 15, include two Renault team members who were in Spain for Fernando Alonso’s filming day, and the second Mercedes team member confirmed during the Eifel Grand Prix. The first was included in last week’s figures.

Concerningly, this is both the second-highest number of confirmed cases in a week, and the second-lowest number of tests performed since the F1 season began, although there is no indication that any drivers or upper-management have been affected.

One of the first major sports to resume activities amid the pandemic, F1 has so far been very successful in controlling the virus, with 35 total cases across three-and-a-half months of races. Racing Point’s Sergio Perez is the only driver to have been diagnosed with the virus, having attained it on a personal trip to Mexico, after which he missed the British and 70th Anniversary Grands Prix.