Lance Stroll has revealed he tested positive for COVID-19 after the Eifel Grand Prix having pulled out during the weekend due to feeling unwell.
Stroll was set to race at the Nurburgring but informed Racing Point ahead of Saturday’s morning practice session that he wasn’t feeling well enough to drive.
This resulted in the Silverstone-based outfit calling Nico Hulkenberg to deputise for the Canadian at the last minute, the German having already stood in for Stroll’s team-mate Sergio Perez for both races at Silverstone in August.
Both Stroll and Perez are the only two drivers who have contracted the virus since the delayed 2020 season began in July.
Stroll had initially tested negative prior to the race weekend, before taking another test on Sunday night that came back positive.
But having returned a negative result earlier this week, Stroll confirmed he will be back in action for this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao.
“I just want to let everyone know that I recently tested positive for Covid-19 after the Eifel GP weekend,” Stroll said on social his media channels. “I am feeling 100% and have since tested negative.
“To fill you on what happened, I arrived at the Nurburgring after testing negative in the normal pre-race tests.
“On Saturday morning I started to feel unwell and woke up with an upset stomach. I followed the FIA protocol and self-isolated in my motorhome and did not re-enter the paddock.
“I wasn’t fit to race so I flew home early Sunday morning. As I was still feeling under the weather I took a Covid test on Sunday morning.
“The next day the results came back positive, so I stayed at home self-isolating the for the next 10 days. Luckily, my symptoms were pretty mild.
“I was tested again on Monday this weekend and my results were negative. I feel in great shape and I can’t wait to be back with the team and to race in Portugal.”
Stroll is ninth in the drivers’ standings, four places lower than Perez, but still holds Racing Point’s only podium of 2020 from his third place finish at Monza.