Williams F1 driver Nicholas Latifi has revealed that he “almost” missed the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix after he began experiencing some COVID-19 symptoms while in Barcelona.
In a recent interview, the Canadian, who will remain at Williams next season, said that a number of tests indicated he wasn’t infected with coronavirus.
Latifi ended up competing in the Spanish Grand Prix despite still feeling under the weather as he was “determined” to race.
“I suffered with tonsillitis [in Barcelona last year],” Latifi said.
“Initially, I was worried I had COVID-19 because I had a mild fever. But after many, many negative tests that was ruled out.
“I felt terrible all weekend. My body was aching and I almost didn’t do the race.
“But I was determined to start, so we agreed I would race and I’d return to the pits if my symptoms got any worse.
“Thankfully, as the race progressed I felt a bit better, although my throat was in agony – like a nine out of 10.
“I was pleased I still climbed into the car and completed the weekend,” Latifi added.
He ended up finishing the race in P18 and was lapped twice by race winner Lewis Hamilton.
Latifi had a difficult rookie season in Formula One, with his Williams team-mate George Russell outqualifying him at every grand prix and the Canadian finishing last in the Drivers’ Standings (if you discount reserve drivers Jack Aitken and Pietro Fittipaldi.)