McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. has revealed that he has tested negative for the COVID-19 coronavirus but will continue to remain quarantined as a precaution.
A member of McLaren’s race team tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday night, prompting the squad’s withdrawal from the Australian Grand Prix, leading to the event’s cancellation.
McLaren subsequently revealed that a further 14 team members had been quarantined at its hotel in Melbourne.
Its team member who tested positive has since recovered from the symptoms.
The remaining members of McLaren’s race team, including its drivers, were able to fly home over the weekend.
On Tuesday Sainz Jr. took to social media to confirm that “after what happened in Australia I needed to do the COVID-19 test.
“I am very happy because the results are negative. In reality it won’t change much, because I will continue in quarantine.”
It is understood that the majority of Formula 1 teams have requested its travelling personnel to self-isolate for two weeks as a precaution, and have ordered them not to visit the respective factories for the same period.
The 2020 season is not set to begin until May at the earliest, though further events are in line for postponement or cancellation.