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Another coronavirus case at Mercedes ahead of Eifel Grand Prix

Another coronavirus case at Mercedes ahead of Eifel Grand Prix

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain walks by his crew after placing third in the Russian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Sochi Autodrom circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (Kirill Kudryavtsev, Pool via AP)

NURBURG, Germany: The Mercedes has team found a second coronavirus case among its staff at the Eifel Grand Prix and flew in emergency replacements Friday (Oct 9) ahead of this weekend's Formula One race.

Following a positive test on Thursday, Mercedes said the entire team at the Nurburgring was retested. That produced one positive result and another described as “inconclusive", which requires another test.

Those people and other staff who had contact with them are in quarantine, and six replacements have flown in from the team's base in Britain, team principal Toto Wolff said.

“Every loss of an important member in a garage affects a race, but I think we got it under control by having backup in Brackley and they came in," Wolff said.

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have minimum exposure to the other team staff because “it is really critical for the championship if you miss a race or two", Wolff said.

“The drivers are the most restricted of the whole group, of the whole team. Certainly not a great situation for them because you almost have to live like a hermit,” he said.

Wolff said debriefs are carried out by video conference so “they’re not sitting with the engineers in the room, they’re in their own rooms”.

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Source: AP

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