Dan Ticktum has been ruled out of Friday’s Formula 2 practice session after he returned an inconclusive COVID-19 test result ahead of the race weekend at Spa-Francorchamps. [This story has been updated, please see bottom].
F2 is continuing to play out the revised schedule that has condensed the calendar after the season was delayed for a number of months due to the coronavirus.
No F2 driver is yet reported to have contracted the virus, however F1’s Sergio Perez missed both race weekends at Silverstone after he returned a positive result.
A brief statement from DAMS on Friday read: “Following an inconclusive COVID-19 test result, Dan Ticktum will not take part in today’s practice while he awaits the result of a re-test.”
As part of the FIA’s regulations, all personnel entering the paddock on race weekends must be tested every five days, and those who return inconclusive results are restricted from entering the paddock until their result is negative.
Ticktum is currently 10th in the drivers’ championship, picking up his first win in the series at Silverstone earlier this month.
DAMS has already brought in a replacement driver for the weekend in Juri Vips, who has stepped in for Sean Gelael after the Indonesian driver was injured at Barcelona two weeks ago.
Update: Ticktum has since returned a negative test result and will be permitted to take part in the race weekend, though he heads into qualifying having missed practice.