Formula One’s medical crew – composed of Dr. Ian Roberts and driver Alan van der Merwe – will be replaced for the Turkish Grand Prix after testing positive for Covid-19.


  • The pair tested positive to the virus during the pre-event testing before traveling to Istanbul.
  • The FIA released a statement confirming the situation and announced that Formula E’s driver Bruno Correia, and medical delegate Dr. Bruno Franceschini, will be replacing Roberts and van der Merwe for this weekend’s race.

The statement:

  • [Both] tested positive for Covid-19 prior to traveling and are therefore self-isolating and will not attend the 2021 FIA Formula One Turkish Grand Prix,” an FIA spokesman said.
  • “They will be replaced at this event by FIA Formula E World Championship Safety Car Driver, Bruno Correia, and Medical Delegate, Dr. Bruno Franceschini, respectively.”

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