Spielberg (dpa) – The Corona test series in Formula 1 for the season opener in Austria remained without positive results.
According to the race series, 4,032 drivers, team members and other employees were tested for corona virus infections in the week before the Spielberg Grand Prix. “None of these people tested positive,” said Formula 1. The test run ran from June 26 to July 2, the day before the first training sessions of the new season. Formula 1 wants to publish the results of the regular corona tests to everyone involved on a weekly basis.
The motorsport premier class has prescribed a strict hygiene concept before the restart. In addition to the obligation to wear a mask, this also means that the participants are strictly divided into groups that are not allowed to have contact with each other. Spectators are initially not allowed into the races. All people with access to the race track must undergo a corona test at least every five days.
The original start of the Formula 1 season in Australia was canceled shortly in mid-March due to a Corona case involving a member of the McLaren team. After the pandemic, nine Grand Prix’s had to be canceled or postponed. In Austria, Formula 1 now wants to start the World Cup year and drive at least 15 races in mid-December.