After missing F1’s return to the Nürburgring due to a ‘severe upset stomach’, Lance Stroll has now confirmed he had a positive COVID test. He has since tested negative and will race at this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix.
The Racing Point driver took to Instagram to tell his side of the story and how he did pass all necessary COVID-19 tests ahead of the race weekend.
“I just want to let everyone know that I recently tested positive for COVID-19 after the Eifel GP weekend. I am feeling 100% and have since tested negative.”
“To fill in on what happened, I arrived at the Nürburgring after testing negative in the normal pre-race tests.
“On Saturday morning I started to feel unwell and woke up with an upset stomach. I followed the FIA protocol and self-isolated in my motorhome and did not re-enter the paddock. I wasn’t fit to race so I flew home early Sunday morning. As I was still feeling under the weather I took a COVID-19 test on Sunday evening.
“The next day the results came back positive, so I stayed at home self-isolating for the next 10 days. Luckily, my symptoms were pretty mild.”
Lance’s news has made many question the process of how COVID tests are carried out in the paddock, with the driver only taking another test once he had returned home.
This will be the second time a driver has tested positive for COVID in the F1 paddock, the other positive test being from Lance’s teammate Sergio Perez.
Stroll will be able to race in this weekend’s Grand Prix in Portugal after testing negative earlier this week.
“I was tested again on Monday this week and the results were negative. I feel in great shape and can’t wait to be back with the team and to race in Portugal.”