Russell’s trainer isolating with COVID-19 symptoms

George Russell

George Russell’s trainer Aleix Casanovas is in self-isolation under suspicion of having COVID-19, Russell’s Formula 1 team Williams announced on Thursday.

Per a statement released by Williams, Casanovas tested negative for the coronavirus on Wednesday, but is now waiting for another test to be conducted on Friday after his exhibiting symptoms on Thursday.

“After displaying mild respiratory symptoms this morning, George Russell’s performance coach is self-isolating today in line with FIA guidelines,” Williams said in a statement. “A COVID-19 test collected yesterday was negative, however he will undergo a further precautionary test again tomorrow outside the paddock before taking further directions from the FIA.

“He has not been in contact with George since race day in Portugal. George undertook his scheduled Covid-19 test on Tuesday in order to enter Italy today – which was also confirmed as negative. He will be re-tested at the track on Friday as part of the team’s regular testing schedule.”

Should Russell be affected, Williams are likely to turn to reserve driver Jack Aitken for this weekend’s Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix. As of now, the team says no other personnel have been affected.