Formula 1 driver Lance Stroll reveals COVID-19 diagnosis forced him to pull out of Eifel Grand Prix


Canadian Formula 1 driver Lance Stroll has revealed he tested positive for COVID-19 after the Eifel Grand Prix in Germany earlier this month.

The 21-year-old said he had spent 10 days at home in self-isolation with mild symptoms, and was now clear and ready to race at the Portuguese Grand Prix this weekend.

“I was tested again on Monday this week and my results were negative,” the Racing Point driver said on Twitter.

“I feel in great shape and I can’t wait to be back with the team and to race in Portugal.”

Lance Stroll was replaced by Nico Hülkenberg at the Eifel Grand Prix.(Reuters: Bryn Lennon)

Stroll pulled out of the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring a day before the October 11 race because he felt unwell.

He was replaced at short notice by Germany’s Nico Hülkenberg, who started from the back of the grid and ended up finishing eighth.

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Racing Point said at the time that Stroll, whose father Lawrence owns the Silverstone-based team, had felt unwell since the Russian Grand Prix on September 27.

Stroll is the second Formula 1 driver to have tested positive for coronavirus, the other being his Mexican teammate Sergio Perez, who missed two races in August.

Stroll is in ninth place in the drivers’ standings on 57 points.

The first practice at Algarve is scheduled for Friday.

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Stroll positive to COVID-19 after Eifel GP


Racing Point Formula One driver Lance Stroll revealed that he had tested positive for coronavirus after the Eifel Grand Prix in Germany on October 11.

The Canadian broke the news on social media.

He missed the race at Nuerburgring and was replaced by Nico Huelkenberg from qualifying onwards.

“I just want to let everyone know that I recently tested positive for COVID-19 after the Eifel GP weekend,” he wrote on Twitter.

“I am feeling 100 per cent and have since tested negative.”

Stroll explained he arrived at the Nuerburgring after testing negative in regular pre-race tests.

But on Saturday morning (October 10) he woke up with an upset stomach.

“I followed the (ruling body) FIA protocol and self-isolated in my motorhome and did not re-enter the paddock,” Stroll said.

“I wasn’t fit to race so I flew home early Sunday morning.”

The driver took a coronavirus test on Sunday evening as he still felt sick and the results came back positive on the next day.

He then self-isolated at home for 10 days.

“I was tested again on Monday this week and my results were negative. I feel in great shape and I can’t wait to be back with the team and race in Portugal.”

The Formula One season goes on with the Portuguese Grand Prix in Portimao on October 25.





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Lance Stroll: Racing Point driver tested positive for coronavirus after Eifel Grand Prix


Stroll is the second Racing Point driver to contract Covid-19 this year

Racing Point driver Lance Stroll says he tested positive for coronavirus after the Eifel Grand Prix weekend.

The Canadian – who did not race – was unwell and displayed a number of Covid-19 symptoms at the Nurburgring race but was not tested over the weekend.

Stroll said his symptoms were “pretty mild” and he went home on the morning of the 11 October race and took a test.

He had another test on Monday, before this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix, and returned a negative result.

“I feel in great shape and I can’t wait to be back with the team and to race in Portugal,” he added on social mediaexternal-link.

The situation poses a number of uncomfortable questions for bosses at the Racing Point team, which is owned by Stroll’s father, the Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll.

Team principal Otmar Szafnauer said at the Eifel Grand Prix that he was “confident” Stroll did not have coronavirus, despite having “flu-like symptoms”, an upset stomach and was “just not well in himself and couldn’t exercise”.

Stroll was tested on the Tuesday before the race weekend but not while in Germany.

BBC Sport pressed Szafnauer on the question of why he had not been tested again despite the fact that his symptoms were among those known to be potential indicators of coronavirus.

Szafnauer replied that Stroll had had some of the symptoms over the period between the Russian and Eifel Grands Prix but had tested negative “multiple times”.

He added that Stroll “doesn’t have classic Covid-19 symptoms”, even though fever, fatigue and diarrhoea are listed as three possible symptoms of Covid-19 on the website of the US government’s Centre for Disease Control.

The team did not immediately respond to BBC Sport’s requests for comment on Wednesday.

Stroll’s statement said: “I arrived at the Nurburgring after testing negative in the normal pre-race tests.

“On Saturday morning, I started to feel unwell and woke up with an upset stomach. I followed FIA (Covid) protocol and self-isolated in my motorhome and did not re-enter the paddock.

“I wasn’t fit to race, so I went home early Sunday morning. As I was still feeling under the weather, I took a Covid test on Sunday evening.

“The next day, the results came back positive, so I stayed at home isolating for the next 10 days.”

He said that he was now “feeling 100%”.

Stroll is the second Racing Point driver to contract Covid-19 this year. His team-mate Sergio Perez was forced to miss the two races at Silverstone in the summer after catching the virus following a trip home to Mexico to see his mother.





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F1 2020, Eifel Grand Prix, Germany: Daniel Ricciardo forgets shoey after Renault podium, video


Can somebody give this guy a do-over?

Daniel Ricciardo was left devastated the moment it dawned on him that he didn’t complete his ‘shoey’ tradition after claiming a drought-breaking podium at the Eifel Grand Prix on Sunday.

The F1 website caught Ricciardo’s reaction on video, showing the Australian almost speechless when asked why he didn’t swig champagne out of his boot after claiming his first podium since May 2018.

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F1 2020 news: Eifel Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo, Tattoo bet, Cyril Abiteboul, Renault, Podium finish


Renault F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul has revealed he had a “few beers” on the night behind the tattoo bet with Daniel Ricciardo that he could now be regretting.

The pair had a deal that Ricciardo would be able to choose a tattoo for Abiteboul if he was able to record the team’s first podium finish since returning to the F1 as a manufacturer team in 2016.

After Ricciardo snagged a third place finish at the Eifel Grand Prix, the tattoo bet was already on the agenda.

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Daniel Ricciardo podium, Eifel Grand Prix, Red Bull’s Christian Horner, Renault, Cyril Abiteboul, tattoo bet


Daniel Ricciardo ended two-and-a-half years off the F1 podium with his third-placed finish at the Eifel Grand Prix.

But all anyone wanted to talk about was the tattoo bet he had with Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul.

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So much so, Ricciardo forgot his trademark shoey on the podium.

He took to Instagram later, revealing he “forgot all about it”.

“As soon as they’ve done the champagne, Max (Verstappen) was already spraying me and for the first time ever, they chilled the bottles,” he said when an interviewer reminded him.

“Normally the champagne’s like, lukewarm, and it was freezing. Or maybe it’s because it’s so cold outside.

“So I was just … shocked with cold, and I didn’t even … wow, I’m actually sad now.”

He made up for it on Instagram later.

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But post-race, all the talk was the tattoo bet with Abiteboul, who is now set to go under the needle.

The details of the bet are that Ricciardo can pick the design but the Frenchman will pick the size and placement of the tattoo after the Aussie ended a nine-year drought between podiums for Renault dating back to the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Straight after the race, Ricciardo said it was actually going to happen.

“It’s real. It’s going to happen,” Ricciardo said. “We’ll have to do some thinking now, but probably it will be something to do with me, but I think with a German flavour.

“This is obviously the place we did it. A little tip of the hat to something traditional in Germany as well.”

Ricciardo also said he knows a few tattoo artists in London he might have a chat to about inking his boss.

Sky Sports also ambushed Abiteboul with a Honey Badger tattoo, but he said “that’s not what I had in mind”.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner – whose team may be forced to source Renault engines next season – had his own suggestion.

“Well firstly, congrats to Renault, Daniel and Cyril for getting that first podium, I think we’re all looking forward to seeing a Red Bull emblazoned on his derrière,” Horner joked.



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F1 2020, Eifel Grand Prix, Germany: Daniel Ricciardo does shoey after Renault podium at Nurburgring


The significance of Daniel Ricciardo’s drought-breaking podium at the Eifel Grand Prix is better defined by what he didn’t do, rather than what he did.

Across 29 podiums at Red Bull, it became customary for the Australian to stand on the steps and swig champagne from his sweaty boot — otherwise known as doing a ‘shoey’.

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More than two years after his last podium ‘shoey’, Ricciardo had the opportunity to do another on Sunday after finishing third at the Nurburgring.

Only he didn’t.



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Lewis Hamilton equals Michael Schumacher’s win record at F1 Eifel Grand Prix, Australian Daniel Ricciardo takes first podium since 2018


Lewis Hamilton has matched Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 wins in Formula One with victory in the Eifel Grand Prix as he took another stride toward his seventh championship title.

While the Briton triumphed at the Nürburgring, the German circuit where Ferrari great Schumacher won five times, teammate Valtteri Bottas suffered a huge hit to his title hopes with a first retirement of the season.

Hamilton, celebrating his seventh win of the season, is now 69 points clear of Bottas in the standings with six rounds remaining.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished second and took a bonus point for fastest lap, with Australian Daniel Ricciardo third for Renault in his first podium since 2018 when he was at Red Bull.

Lewis Hamilton has equalled Michael Schumacher’s all-time record 91 Formula One wins.(REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay)

Schumacher’s son Mick, the Formula Two leader who could be racing against Hamilton next season, presented the Briton with one of his father’s red helmets from his second stint in F1 with Mercedes.

“Congratulations and this is on behalf of all of us. A great achievement, really,” said Mick, whose father suffered serious head injuries in a 2013 skiing accident and has not been seen in public since.

“Thank you so much, it’s such an honour,” said Hamilton before stepping up onto the podium at the circuit closest to Schumacher’s boyhood home in Kerpen.

“I don’t even know what to say,” Hamilton said.

“When you grow up watching someone you generally idolise them, you know, really just in terms of the quality of the driver they are but what they are able to continuously do, year on year and race on race and week on week.”

“So it’s an incredible honour and it’s going to take some time to get used to it.”

Hamilton said he only realised the significance of what he had done when he came into the pitlane after taking the chequered flag.

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Eifel Grand Prix, News, updates, grid, start time, Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg


The Eifel Grand Prix could be the perfect setting for Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton to equal Michael Schumacher’s F1 win record.

It could be the perfect setting to equal the record in Germany with the Eifel Grand Prix at Nurburgring, as Hamilton starts on the front row of the grid, just behind teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Lights out at 11.10pm AEDT.

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EIFEL GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING RESULTS

Row 1: Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes – Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

Row 2: Max Verstappen, Red Bull – Charles Leclerc, Ferrari

Row 3: Alexander Albon, Red Bull – Daniel Ricciardo, Renault

Row 4: Esteban Ocon, Renault – Lando Norris, McLaren

Row 5: Sergio Perez, Racing Point – Carlos Sainz, McLaren

Row 6: Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari – Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri

Row 7: Daniil Kvyat, AlphaTauri – Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo

Row 8: Kevin Magnussen, Haas – Romain Grosjean, Haas

Row 9: George Russell, Williams – Nicholas Latifi, Williams

Row 10: Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo – Nico Hulkenberg, Racing Point





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F1 live: Formula 1 at Nurburgring, Eifel Grand Prix, live blog, results, start time, online stream, Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo


Valtteri Bottas will be hoping to continue his mid-season championship charge and further cut teammate Lewis Hamilton’s lead at the top in tonight’s Eifel Grand Prix.

Bottas produced a blistering track record on his final qualifying lap on Saturday to edge Mercedes teammate Hamilton and claim pole position at the Nurburgring.

The Finn clocked a best lap of one minute and 25.269 seconds to beat the championship leader by two-tenths of a second in very cold conditions following only one practice session after Friday’s running was cancelled due to fog.

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It was Bottas’s third pole this year and the 14th of his career, a feat that he hopes can help him keep alive his championship challenge. After winning in Russia two weeks ago he lies 44 points behind Hamilton.



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