McLaren driver Lando Norris becomes fifth F1 driver to test positive for coronavirus after contracting the illness on holiday in Dubai
- Norris was forced to quarantine in his hotel room in Dubai for 14 days
- The 21-year-old must now return a negative test before flying back to the UK
- Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll, Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton have had virus
McLaren’s Lando Norris is set to return to England this week after he contracted coronavirus while on holiday in Dubai.
The 21-year old Briton was forced to quarantine in his hotel room for 14 days following a positive test for the virus on January 4.
Norris’ final day in isolation was on Monday. He must now return a negative test before flying back to the UK.
McLaren driver Lando Norris was forced to quarantine in his hotel room in Dubai for 14 days
Norris, who will take part in his third Formula One campaign this year, lost his sense of taste and smell, and was said to have spent a couple of days feeling under the weather as he recovered from the virus.
It is expected that he will fly home this weekend. Under the government’s elite sporting exemption, Norris will be allowed to visit McLaren’s Woking headquarters during his period of self-isolation on his return to the UK.
Norris is among five F1 drivers to contract the illness – a quarter of the 20-strong grid. Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll and Lewis Hamilton all tested positive for Covid-19 during last year’s truncated season.
He will be allowed to visit McLaren’s Woking headquarters during his period of self-isolation
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc is currently self-isolating at his home in Monaco after he tested positive earlier this month.
Norris became Britain’s youngest driver to stand on top of a Formula One podium after he crossed the line in third at last year’s season-opening round in Austria.
He went on to finish ninth in the standings and will be partnered by Daniel Ricciardo at McLaren this season following the Australian’s move from Renault.
Norris became Britain’s youngest driver to stand on top of a Formula One podium