Racing Point driver Lance Stroll has revealed that he tested positive for Covid-19 shortly after returning home from the Eifel Grand Prix.
He expects to be fit to resume duties at this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix having since provided a negative test.
Stroll was present at the Nürburgring but fell unwell on Saturday morning.
He was replaced at late-notice by Nico Hulkenberg, who went on to finish the race in eighth place after qualifying at the back of the grid.
Ahead of the upcoming event at Portimao Stroll revealed that he took a Covid-19 test upon returning home and the result came back positive on Monday.
“I just want to let everyone know that I recently tested positive for Covid-19 after the Eifel GP weekend,” Stroll posted on social media.
“I am feeling 100 per cent and have since tested negative.
“To fill you all in on what happened, I arrived at the Nurburgring after testing negative in the normal pre-race tests.
“On Saturday morning I started to feel unwell and woke up with an upset stomach. I followed the FIA protocol and self-isolated in my motorhome and did not re-enter the paddock.
“I wasn’t fit to race so I flew home early Sunday morning. As I was still feeling under the weather I took a Covid test on Sunday evening.
“The next day the results came back positive, so I stayed at home self-isolating for the next 10 days. Luckily my symptoms were pretty mild.
“I was tested again on Monday this week and my results were negative. I feel in great shape and I can’t wait to be back with the team and to race in Portugal.”
He is the second Formula 1 driver to return a positive Covid-19 test after Sergio Perez missed the Silverstone races due to the virus.