Mercedes, Sochi, 2020

A member of the Mercedes Formula 1 team has tested positive for Covid-19.

A spokesperson for Mercedes confirmed to RaceFans a positive case has occurred within its race team and is being handled in accordance with FIA protocols.

The case is not thought to involve either of the team’s drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Last week the FIA and Formula 1 confirmed 10 positive cases had been identified among 1,822 tests which had been conducted. However all of these involved “ancillary personnel” and not F1 team members.

Mercedes is not the first F1 team to experience a positive Covid-19 test this year. A McLaren team member tested positive for Covid-19 during the Australian Grand Prix weekend, before the event was cancelled. Sergio Perez missed two races after testing positive at Silverstone.

This article will be updated.

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