Ricciardo recalls “panic” of inconclusive COVID test ahead of Russian GP

Outgoing Renault Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo has recalled the “fear” he felt after an inconclusive COVID-19 take a look at consequence last season, sooner than in the end being cleared as detrimental.

All F1 drivers and paddock personnel were required to undergo traditional COVID-19 sorting out as half of the FIA’s protocols to stage races all the method by 2020 following the delivery up of the pandemic.

No-one turn into licensed to enter the paddock without a detrimental take a look at consequence for COVID-19, whereas three drivers ended up lacking races as a outcomes of contracting the virus.

Sergio Perez omitted two races at Silverstone after sorting out obvious, whereas Racing Point crew-mate Lance Stroll returned a obvious consequence after falling by the wayside of the Eifel Massive Prix by illness.

World champion Lewis Hamilton turn into absent from the Sakhir Massive Prix after contracting the virus. Earlier this week, McLaren’s Lando Norris examined obvious whereas on vacation in Dubai earlier than a coaching camp.

Reflecting on the 2020 season in a roundtable with take care of media along with Autosport, outgoing Renault F1 driver Ricciardo recalled a dismay he had with an inconclusive take a look at consequence.

“I did in actual fact procure up one morning with [an inconclusive result],” Ricciardo acknowledged.

“I had a dismay at like 6am one morning. I turn into then trying to resolve it out, and had to procure examined again. There turn into quite of fear, and that wasn’t enjoyable.

“I turn into handsome in the end, but that obviously turn into something I hadn’t form of gone by sooner than. And then you form of delivery up taking half in video games in your head, like ‘end I in actuality feel a miniature [unwell], per chance I end fetch it!

“That turn into quite of fear one morning in actual fact.”

All paddock personnel who returned an inconclusive take a look at consequence were pressured to undergo a re-take a look at.

A identical incident occurred with Crimson Bull driver Alexander Albon earlier than the Eifel Massive Prix, prompting the crew to place Nico Hulkenberg on standby.

Ricciardo acknowledged the inconclusive consequence came back in the fracture between the Tuscan Massive Prix at Mugello and the Russian Massive Prix at the end of September.

The Australian felt Perez’s obvious take a look at consequence acted as a warning name referring to the dangers drivers were facing and the chance of lacking races, prompting him to change into an increasing selection of cautious as the One year went on.

“It turn into nonetheless in the summer, per chance after the Italian leg,” Ricciardo acknowledged. “I bask in it turn into sooner than Russia, after the Italian leg I bask in it turn into.

“Because the season went on, I turned extra and additional disciplined with environment apart or factual taking care of myself, especially after Checo purchased it.

“I turn into like, ‘OK, this is no longer in actuality a shaggy dog chronicle’. I turn into being very cautious, so I turn into quite stunned. In any case I did no longer fetch it.

“But I turn into scratching my head. It nonetheless disturbed me though.”

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