McLaren Chief Executive Zak Brown and two other team members have tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the British Grand Prix.
All the three cases, isolating as per Covid protocols, will stay out of the Silverstone event.
In a statement released at Thursday lunchtime, McLaren confirmed Brown and two other members of the team were isolating after testing positive for Covid.
“McLaren Racing confirmed today that three team members, including CEO Zak Brown, tested positive for covid-19 during the team’s rigorous testing programme before the British Grand Prix. Neither of our drivers are close contacts,” the statement said.
Brown also tweeted: “Following our team’s pre-event testing for the British GP, I’ve tested positive for covid-19. I’ve notified all my close contacts and isolating in accordance with govt guidelines. I’ll still be connected to and supporting the team safely from home.”
Neither of our drivers are close contacts,” McLaren said of Briton Lando Norris, currently fourth in world championship standings, and Australian Daniel Ricciardo, standing 8th before the season’s 10th race.
“All three cases are unconnected and now isolating in accordance with government guidelines. The team’s operations for the British Grand Prix are unaffected,” they added.
The British GP will go ahead in front of 140,000 fans around the Silverstone track.
From Monday, the British government will lift most restrictions on public gatherings in England and allow businesses such as nightclubs to reopen, to the concern of scientists, who say it is too soon with the Delta variant still spreading rapidly.