McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo is set to miss the entirety of pre-season testing in Bahrain after testing positive for Covid.
According to reports, Ricciardo is continuing to isolate in his hotel room in accordance with local regulations and will be released in time for next weekend’s Formula 1 season-opening Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.
McLaren Racing’s team statement also revealed that Ricciardo is already beginning to feel better. A spokesperson said: “McLaren Racing can confirm that after feeling unwell from Wednesday onwards in Bahrain, Daniel Ricciardo has now returned a positive PCR test for covid-19.
“Daniel is therefore continuing to isolate in accordance with local regulations.
“Under these regulations Daniel will be released in time for next weekend’s Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. Daniel is already beginning to feel better, and we wish him well for a quick recovery.
“Following this, we can confirm that Lando Norris will remain in the MCL36 for the final day of the official pre-season test in Bahrain tomorrow.”
Taking to social media, Ricciardo updated fans saying: “Better this week than next,” Ricciardo said on his Twitter channel.
“Unfortunate to miss the test, but I’m starting to feel better. I’ll stay isolated and just focus on next weekend.
“Big thanks to Lando and McLaren for the heavy lifting, I owe you some beers [milk for Lando].