For Formula 1 the 2021 season has not started very well. As the pandemic isn’t over yet, Australia is already talking of postposing its own GP, which was originally planned for March 21st in Melbourne to open the new season as usual.
Now the McLaren driver Lando Norris just tested positive to Covid-19. The Briton was vacationing in Dubai, where he was standing ahead of a planned training camp when suddenly he began to feel some symptoms. Norris recognised a loss of the taste and smell so he decided to test immediately and sadly, the result was that he has been infected by Coronavirus.
The driver immediately informed McLaren and followed the rules of Dubai. He is now self-isolating at the hotel, where he will quarantine for fourteen days, before testing again to see if the illness will be passed and will allow him to go home. It has been McLaren itself to communicate the news through its social media account
On the press paper, the Woking-based team communicates that luckily, the loss of taste and smell are the only symptoms Norris has and aside of that he is fine.
Of course, the whole entourage of Formula 1, from drivers to medias, passing through teams and fans, was expecting a brand new season, Covid-free and full of planned races, maybe with the crowd who could attend races but it seems that it’s too early for that at the moment. The pandemics is not over yet and we will have to be patient and just respect all the rules, hoping that this word sanitarian emergency will soon be over and would give us back our freedom to enjoy our life to its fullest with the sport we love. By then, there is still room for hope to assist at a season as thrilling and unexpected like the last one.