Medical automotive driver Alan van der Merwe and physician Ian Roberts have labored collectively for a few years, and most famously performed a key function in serving to Romain Grosjean escape from his fiery crash ultimately 12 months’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
However throughout pre-event testing earlier than they travelled to Istanbul, it was revealed that each had been struck down with COVID-19.
An announcement from the FIA confirmed that their analysis meant they might not take up their regular duties.
“[Both] examined Positive for COVID-19 previous to travelling and are due to this fact self-isolating and won’t attend the 2021 FIA Method Turkish Grand Prix,” mentioned an FIA spokesman.
“They are going to be changed at this occasion by FIA Method E World Championship Security Automotive Driver, Bruno Correia, and Medical Delegate, Dr Bruno Franceschini, respectively.”
Ought to van der Merwe and Roberts recuperate rapidly then they might be again in motion for the next race in Austin later this month.
F1 has undertaken an enormous testing programme for coronavirus as a part of the protocols it launched forward of the delayed 2020 season to make sure that racing might proceed.
All personnel wishing to attend races must undertake pre-travel COVID exams, in addition to additional evaluations over every grand prix weekend to make sure they don’t transmit the virus if they’ve caught it.
F1 has thus far managed to include any main outbreak within the paddock, with swift motion making certain that if anybody does take a look at Positive then all shut contacts are put in to self isolation.
Van der Merwe is a former British F3 champion who was a part-time take a look at driver for the BAR F1 staff. After competing in A1 Grand Prix and sportscars, he grew to become the official medical automotive driver from 2009.
Roberts is pushed within the medical automotive in his function as F1 Medical Rescue Coordinator, a place he took up throughout 2013. He was beforehand the chief medical officer at Silverstone, and fulfilled that function on the British Grand Prix many instances too.