The pandemic generated by the virus of Chinese origin called Covid-19 has been the greatest threat that we have experienced in the sports world in recent years. Thanks to this, many social events, such as concerts, meetings, etc., had to be postponed or, failing that, cancelled. They were not only social, but also political and sports, football, basketball and, of course, motor racing events were cancelled in order not to put players, participants, and spectators at risk. The 2020 Formula 1 season, which was supposed to start in Australia on March 15, was unsuccessful after a McLaren team member tested positive for Covid-19. The months passed and some Grand Prix were falling apart. Japan, Singapore, China, the entire American continent, Azerbaijan, among many other races were cancelled and, after months of waiting, Formula 1 started. Hygiene and sanitation measures were always present at the race tracks, hotels, and so, however, people of high calibre in the sport were infected, some very clear examples were the Mexican driver, Sergio Perez and also his teammate, Lance Stroll. On this occasion, unfortunately, we can confirm that Pirelli's principal, Mario Isola, has tested positive for Covid-19.
This morning, the official F1 Media account released a statement confirming that the Italian has tested positive for Covid-19 and is already isolated, as are the people with whom he had contact during the weekend in Turkey. Let us remember that Mario attends absolutely all Formula 1 Grand Prix and usually participates in press conferences, since he is in charge of distributing tyres to all teams and drivers, in addition to that now is an essential time for the Italian brand supplier of the tyres, as they have to finish developing the 2021 prototypes. Next, this is the official statement about this unfortunate event.
“Statement on COVID-19 Test Result for Pirelli Head of F1 and Car Racing Mario Isola:
The FIA, Formula 1 and Pirelli can confirm that Pirelli Head of F1 and Car Racing Mario Isola has tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday 15 November at the Turkish Grand Prix.
Mario returned a positive result during the regular Sunday COVID resting schedule. He is now isolating, and is asymptomatic and will adhere to the local medical guidelines. All close contacts have been declared, retested, and no further positive cases have been returned.”
For his part, Mario Isola, from his official Twitter account, published that, in effect, he has not had symptoms of the virus and is in good health. From MotorLat we wish him a speedy recovery and we hope that there are no more positive cases of the virus.
Thank you all for your messages! I’m fine and luckily no symptoms! Back soon 💪🏼🤞🏼— Mario Isola (@Mario_Isola) November 16, 2020