Sport Red Bull's Jonathan Wheatley to miss Bahrain Grand Prix after positive COVID-19 test

14:10  26 november  2020
14:10  26 november  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Red Bull will be out their Sporting Director Jonathan Wheatley for this weekend’ s Bahrain Grand Prix after he tested positive for Covid - 19 during the routine pre-event tests . Wheatley did not travel to Bahrain and will now isolate for 10 days, as per UK government protocols, with Red Bull sharing his

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MANAMA (Reuters) - Red Bull's sporting director Jonathan Wheatley will miss Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix after testing positive for COVID-19, the Formula One team said on Thursday.

"We can confirm that during mandatory pre-race testing in the UK, Sporting Director Jonathan Wheatley tested positive for COVID-19," the former champions said on Twitter.

"In accordance with official protocols he will continue to isolate for the 10-day period and not attend the Bahrain Grand Prix."

The team said its trackside operations will not be affected with no other members needing to isolate. Wheatley's duties will be shared by a number of team personnel, Red Bull added.

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Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying kicks-off today at 3pm GMT at Sakhir Circuit. UK viewers can catch live F1 For Max Verstappen and Red Bull , this is a damage limitation exercise. They will be furious if they Sportsmail' s Nathan Salt will provide live coverage of Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying including

The Bahrain Grand Prix -- the second race of the new Formula One calendar -- will be staged without spectators due to the ongoing spread of coronavirus. "Given the continued spread of Covid - 19 globally, convening a major sporting event, which is open to the public and allows thousands of

Red Bull, who are second in the overall standings behind champions Mercedes, are the latest team to have registered a positive COVID-19 case.

Earlier this month the Williams team said it had registered a number of positive COVID-19 cases including acting team principal Simon Roberts who missed the last race in Turkey.

Racing Point have had both their drivers, Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll as well as team owner Lawrence Stroll, test positive while Mercedes have also had COVID-19 cases.

A McLaren employee tested positive at the Australian Grand Prix which was then cancelled in March.

Formula One embarked on a shortened 17-race season in July with strict rules and teams operating in bubbles within bubbles. Personnel cannot access the paddock without a negative result and are tested every five days. Teams also do their own tests.

Bahrain marks the start of a whirlwind floodlit Middle Eastern triple-header that wraps up the season.

(Reporting by Abhishek Takle; editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

Statistics for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix .
UK-MOTOR-F1-BAHRAIN:Statistics for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit, the 15th race of the season: © Reuters/POOL Bahrain Grand Prix Lap distance: 5.412km. Total distance: 308.238km (57 laps) 2019 pole: Charles Leclerc (Monaco) Ferrari One minute 27.866 seconds 2019 winner: Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes Lap record: One minute 31.447 seconds, Pedro de la Rosa (Spain), McLaren 2005.Start time: 1410 GMT (1710 local) TITLE Both titles have been won by Mercedes for an unprecedented seventh year in a row.

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