The Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Räikkönen has been ruled out of Sunday’s Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort after testing positive for Covid-19.
Räikkönen, who this week announced he would be retiring from Formula One at the end of the season, will be replaced by Alfa Romeo reserve driver Robert Kubica. The Polish driver last raced in F1 for Williams in 2019 and has taken part in three practice sessions with the team this season.
그만큼 2007 world champion is the seventh F1 driver known to have contracted the virus following Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris, Sergio Pérez, Charles Leclerc, Lance Stroll and Pierre Gasly.
An F1 spokesperson said: “The FIA, Formula One and Alfa Romeo Racing can today confirm that during onsite PCR testing for the Dutch Grand Prix, [Kimi] Räikkönen has tested positive for Covid-19.
“In accordance with Covid-19 protocols he will take no further part in this event. All contacts have been declared. The procedures set out by the FIA and Formula One will ensure no wider impact on the Dutch Grand Prix.”
The qualifying sessions for the race are due to take place on Saturday afternoon, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen bidding to secure pole position in his home race.