Positive COVID test rules out Ricciardo in Bahrain

Daniel Ricciardo has returned a positive COVID-19 test after feeling unwell in Bahrain.

The McLaren driver began to feel unwell earlier this week and missed the first two days of testing while recovering. He returned a number of negative tests during that time and had improved on Friday, but Ricciardo has now tested positive via PCR and will have to self-isolate for seven days.

Although he will miss the final day of testing, Ricciardo is expected to be released in time for next weekend’s season-opening race in Bahrain, with his period of isolation ending ahead of Friday’s practice sessions. next.

“McLaren Racing can confirm that after feeling unwell from Wednesday in Bahrain, Daniel Ricciardo has now returned a positive PCR test for COVID-19,” a statement from McLaren read. “Daniel therefore continues to self-isolate in accordance with local regulations.

“Under these regulations, Daniel will be released in time for the Formula 1 Gulf Air Grand Prix of Bahrain next weekend. Daniel is already starting to feel better and we wish him a speedy recovery.

“Following this, we can confirm that Lando Norris will remain in the MCL36 for the final day of official pre-season testing in Bahrain tomorrow.”

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