Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas should stay ‘like hermits’ to lower the possibility of COVID-19 infecting their Method A person title struggle, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said on Friday just after the team reported a 2nd beneficial test result.
A Mercedes spokesman said the overall team experienced been tested yet again just after the very first beneficial confirmed up on Thursday ahead of the weekend’s Eifel Grand Prix at Germany’s Nürburgring circuit.
A person of people also confirmed up beneficial and a further was inconclusive, he extra.
Four further team members, who all tested damaging, had been then isolated in line with the sport’s protocols while six replacements had been flown in from England.
“Each reduction of an vital member in the garage has an effect on the race, but I imagine we have acquired it beneath manage,” Wolff told reporters.
The Austrian said each individual precaution was staying taken to defend six-instances planet winner Hamilton and Bottas, who is forty four points guiding the Briton just after 10 races, at the racetrack and in other places.
“The motorists are the most restricted of the full group, of the full team,” said Wolff.
“It can be undoubtedly not a terrific situation for them since you nearly will need to stay like a hermit, and that is what they are accomplishing.
“They are at house, they are not likely out for dinners, they are not meeting any other folks. Inside of the team when we do the debriefs by Zoom or Microsoft Groups, they are not sitting with the engineers in the room.
“They are sitting in their individual rooms and we are preventing as a lot as feasible any private get in touch with with them. It can be literally stepping into the vehicle and driving the vehicle and keeping their length.”
Racing Point’s Sergio Perez skipped two races in August just after contracting the virus, the Mexican still the only driver to have tested beneficial, and the effects for the best two are most likely significant.
Hamilton is on the brink of a report-equalling 91st job get this weekend and effectively on the way to matching Michael Schumacher’s 7 titles.
The season finishes with a triple header in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi and Wolff acknowledged missing any race, or two, would be a important blow.
“Sad to say for them they will need to stay a everyday living that is a little bit secluded but we imagine the decisions we have taken are superior to safeguard them,” he said of the motorists.