Formula One confirmed on Friday that it has recorded the sport’s biggest coronavirus spike this year as it prepares for the Russian Grand Prix, the 10th race of the season.
The sport said it had returned its highest number of positive Covid-19 test results, hours before welcoming a significant number of spectators to a race for the first time this year.
The F1 organisation and the sport’s ruling body the International Motoring Federation (FIA) said they had discovered seven cases of coronavirus following 3,256 tests between September 18 and September 24.
The tests are carried out every five days on the teams’ staff, drivers and all paddock and news media personnel.
This weekend’s event is the first major international sports event of the Covid-19 era to have a significant crowd of spectators after the Russian promoters claim to have sold 30,000 tickets for Sunday’s race.
Seven of the ten teams are based in Britain where the number of reported cases of infection has risen rapidly in recent weeks.
There had been 44,000 tests carried out during the opening nine races, run in a sequence of three triple-headers and under serious protocol for behaviour in bubbles – with a total of nine positive results overall and not more than two in a single week.
The practice of operating strict bubbles and sub-bubbles and restricting movement under tight guidelines faces its biggest test of the season this weekend.
Russia confirmed 7,212 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday to take the overall total to 1,136,048, according to The Moscow Times.
Formula 1 Russian GP : Can Hamilton create history, all you want to know about F1 Russian GP Live streaming on Disney+ Hotstar
Lewis Hamilton is one win away from matching Michael Schumacher’s all-time record 91 and the Mercedes Formula One driver will be favourite to get the job done in Russia on Sunday.
Some felt Schumacher’s tally might never be equalled when the seven-time world champion celebrated his last win in China in 2006.
Hamilton has 90 victories from 259 starts and can equal Michael Schumacher’s record 91 on Sunday. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel is the next closest active driver on 53.
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|Friday, 25th September 2020||First Practice Session – Russia||11.00 AM|
|Second Practice Session – Russia||3.00 PM|
Saturday, 26th September 2020
|Team Pit Stop Practice – Russia|
|Third Practice Session – Russia||12.00 PM|
|Qualifying Session – Russia||3.00 PM|
|Sunday, 27th September 2020||Grand Prix (53 Laps or 120 Mins) – Russia||2.10 PM|