Dutch Grand Prix – Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen has tested positive for covid-19 and will be replaced by Robert Kubica.
Just days after announcing his retirement from the sport, F1 confirmed that the Finn tested positive for a PCR test and will not be able to take part in the weekend.
An FIA and F1 Statement on the situation read:
“The FIA, Formula 1 and Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN can today confirm that during onsite PCR testing for the 2021 FIA Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix, Kimi Räikkönen has tested positive for COVID-19.
“In accordance with COVID-19 protocols he will take no further part in this Event. All contacts have been declared.
“The procedures set out by the FIA and Formula 1 will ensure no wider impact on the Dutch Grand Prix.”
Alfa Romeo wished Raikkknen a speedy recovery and confirmed that Kubica will deputise for the world champion at Zandvoort this weekend. A statement read:
“Following the latest round of testing conducted in advance of the #DutchGP, driver Kimi Räikkönen has tested positive for COVID-19.
“Kimi is displaying no symptoms and is in good spirits. He has immediately entered isolation in his hotel.
“The team wishes Kimi a speedy recovery.”