Racing Level driver Lance Stroll will miss this weekend’s Eifel Grand Prix as a result of an upset abdomen, however has not been examined for the coronavirus since Tuesday.
Stroll might be changed by Nico Hulkenberg on the Nurburgring after Racing Level took a choice 30 minutes forward of Saturday’s ultimate observe session to substitute its driver.
Crew principal Otmar Szafnauer stated Stroll had been unwell since he left the final race in Russia two weeks in the past with “flu-like signs”, however had returned “three or 4” unfavorable COVID-19 checks since then.
He was final examined for the virus on Tuesday at his obligatory pre-event check to achieve entry to the paddock on the Nurburgring, and Szafnauer stated a bout of diarrhoea on Friday night time finally led to the choice to overlook the race weekend.
“He hasn’t been feeling nice since Russia,” Szafnauer stated. “I feel he had a little bit of a chilly.
“At first, we thought he’d higher get examined for the virus, however we’ve examined him a number of instances, together with the pre-event check for this race, and he has come again unfavorable three or 4 instances.
“He does not have the basic COVID-19 signs, he simply does not really feel properly in himself and final night time he had a little bit of an upset abdomen, so he was on the bathroom the entire time.
“He stated he misplaced a variety of fluid and could not get off the bathroom for lengthy sufficient to get within the race automotive. I do not know if it is one thing he ate or a tummy bug or what. He simply stated he did not really feel as much as it.
“So I talked to him and stated, ‘look, we’re going to have a double-header arising quickly [at Portimao and Imola]’ and I would fairly he relaxation and prepare for that.
“So it was shut name and we have been hoping he would get higher.”
Requested when Stroll was final examined for the coronavirus, Szafnauer stated: “The pre-event check was Tuesday. We obtained the outcomes on Wednesday and he hasn’t been examined since.
“We’re following the FIA protocol, however I feel his subsequent was Sunday or Monday. I feel it is 5 days and also you get one other check. I feel it is the identical for all of us.”
It was not clear from the interview, which was offered by F1’s governing physique the FIA as a result of restricted media entry, if Stroll could be examined once more earlier than leaving Germany.
“He is being monitored by docs and when he feels properly sufficient to depart the room and he does not should be 10 ft [away from a toilet], he’ll fly dwelling,” Szafnauer added.
Hulkenberg additionally stood in for Stroll’s teammate Sergio Perez when the Mexican examined constructive for the coronavirus forward of the British Grand Prix and the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix earlier this 12 months.
The German will line up final on the grid on the Nurburgring after lacking Saturday morning’s observe session.