Mercedes Fly In Replacement Staff Over COVID-19 Fears

Two members of the Mercedes F1 team have tested positive for COVID-19.

Mercedes have flown in six replacement team members to Germany for this weekend’s Eifel Grand Prix after two members of staff tested positive for coronavirus.

The first positive case was reported on Thursday and prompted Mercedes to retest all of its staff at the Nurburgring.

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The fresh round of tests resulted in another positive result and one which was inconclusive.

All of the aforementioned members of the Mercedes F1 team, in addition to four others who tested negative but may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, won’t take part in the race weekend.

“We have worked in close collaboration with the FIA and F1 throughout this process and will continue to do so,” Mercedes said in a statement on Friday, adding that six replacements have been flown out to Germany.

“We ask for your understanding that owing to restrictions around data protection and medical confidentiality, we will not be able to provide further details on the identity of the team members affected.”

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