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McLaren F1 staff back home after a fortnight in Melbourne quarantine

AFP
Published : Mar 26, 2020, 7:31 pm IST
Updated : Mar 26, 2020, 7:31 pm IST

One had tested positive for Covid-19, another developed virus-like symptoms and the remainder were in close contact with them

McLaren's world champion driver Lewis Hamilton who pushed the organisers of the Australian Grand Prix to cancel the race. DC File Photo
 McLaren's world champion driver Lewis Hamilton who pushed the organisers of the Australian Grand Prix to cancel the race. DC File Photo

Paris: All the McLaren Formula One team members quarantined in Melbourne since the cancellation of Australian Grand Prix have returned home, the UK-based outfit reported on Thursday.

"We are pleased to confirm that as of yesterday (Wednesday) evening, all team personnel who were in self-isolation in Melbourne, as well as management who had stayed with them, have now safely returned home," a spokesperson confirmed.

A total of 16 McLaren staff were placed in quarantine for two weeks at the request of the Australian medical authorities.

One had tested positive for the coronavirus, another developed virus-like symptoms and the remainder had been in close contact with the British mechanic who had tested positive.

Three management personnel remained in Australia to support them.

McLaren announced last week that the mechanic was symptom-free.

It was McLaren's decision to pull out of the race after announcing that one of their staff had tested positive for Covid-19 on the Thursday before the race that triggered the cancellation of the 2020 season's opening Grand Prix on March 15.

With both Melbourne and Monaco cancelled, and six other races (Bahrain, Vietnam, China, the Netherlands, Spain and Azerbaijan) postponed the season is now due to kick off in Montreal on June 14.

A year that was due to feature 22 Grand Prix will now be reduced to between '15 and 18', according to F1 chairman Chase Carey.

Tags: formula one, lewis hamilton, team mclaren, formula one season 2020
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