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F1 medical crew replaced after testing positive for COVID

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – DECEMBER 03: Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 poses for a photo with FIA doctor Dr Ian Roberts and FIA Medical Car driver Alan van der Merwe during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit on December 03, 2020 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

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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