Lance Stroll has wanted to break the silence about his absence at the Eifel GP last October 11 and wanted to confirm what everyone suspected: his positive for coronavirus. The Canadian driver presented symptoms hours before qualifying for the race and Racing Point called urgently to Nico Hulkenberg to supply him.
Stroll has shared a message on his social networks explaining the whole situation and ensuring that it is well and that it is negative. “I just want to let everyone know that recently I tested positive for Covid-19 after the Eifel Grand Prix weekend. I feel 100% and since then I have tested negative “, it began.
“On Saturday morning I started to feel bad and woke up with a queasy stomach. I followed the FIA protocol and isolated myself in my motorhome and did not go back into the paddock. I wasn’t fit for running, so I flew home early Sunday morning. As I kept feeling ill, I did a test on Sunday afternoon“he explains about the situation in the paddock.
“The next day the results were positive, so I isolated myself at home for the next ten days. Hopefully my symptoms were quite mild“He added. Fortunately, this Monday he underwent the protocol tests again and gave negative, and so you can participate in the next GP of Portugal.
The bubble, more questioned than ever
The positive of the Canadian has reopened the controversy about the effectiveness of the Formula 1 bubble and, above all, of how they carry out the security protocols from the FIA. Criticism is beginning to rain on both organizations because a pilot has tested positive, showing symptoms in a Grand Prix, but without being carried out no diagnostic test until almost two days later.
Instead of attacking the situation since Saturday began to show symptoms, the FIA and F1 they hide behind Friday’s negative to avoid revealing a positive that exposes a failure in the bubble, thus endangering the rest of the staff inside the paddock.