Holland / 04.09.2021 06:08:56
Finn Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo), Formula 1 world champion in 2007 with Ferrari, has tested positive for covid-19 during the F1 Dutch Grand Prix, as announced this Saturday by the International Automobile Federation (FIA), and his place in the team will be filled by the Polish Robert Kubica.
“The FIA, Formula 1 and Alfa Romeo Racing confirm that in the PCR tests carried out for the Dutch GP, Kimi Räikkonen has tested positive for covid-19. According to the protocols, he will not continue participating in the competition. All contacts have been declared “, explains the note.
The FIA specifies, in relation to this case, that “the established procedures ensure that it won’t have a major impact on the Dutch GP. “
In his place will take the wheel of Alfa Romeo the Polish Robert Kubica, announced the team, according to which Raikkonen is asymptomatic. “Kimi has no symptoms and is in good spirits. He has been immediately isolated at his hotel. The team wishes him a speedy recovery. “
Alfa Romeo has turned to its reserve driver Robert Kubica, who has already participated in three free practice sessions this season.
Raikkonen, the seventh F1 driver to test positive for covid-19, will also have a difficult time participating in the Italian GP next week at the Monza circuit.
Before Raikkonen, the Mexican Sergio Pérez, the Canadian Lance Stroll, the British Lewis Hamilton – world champion – and Lando Norris, the Monegasque Charles Leclerc and the French Pierre Gasly tested positive.
Last Wednesday, Raikkonen announced on social networks, his retirement from the premier class of motorsport as soon as this season ends.
“This is all. This will be my last season in Formula One“, explained 41-year-old Kimi. With a total of 341, the Finn is the driver with the highest number of races contested in the motorsport honors division, in which he debuted in 2001 and in which he has 21 victories, 18 pole positions. and 46 fast laps.