Fourteen other McLaren Formula 1 employees went into quarantine for two weeks after being in close contact with the person tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix.
McLaren announced Thursday evening that one of its crews tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the team to withdraw from the Albert Park event.
Discussions between the teams and other F1 stakeholders led to the race being canceled on Friday morning.
In a new update released by McLaren on Friday morning, the team confirmed that 14 team members will be quarantined at their hotel in Melbourne.
“During the night, 14 team members, in addition to the confirmed case, were placed in quarantine at the team hotel for 14 days, in accordance with the directives of the local health authorities,” the statement said.
“These are people who had been in close contact with the team member who had tested positive for the coronavirus.
“These people are supported by senior staff from the team, who will stay with them during the quarantine period.
“All other team members who show symptoms will be tested immediately and will isolate themselves, according to our protocol.
“Other members of the team were allowed to return to the paddock to pack the team’s equipment before returning to the United Kingdom.
“Upon arrival in the UK, no member of the racing team will return to the McLaren Technology Center for a period of 14 days, as a precaution.”
McLaren added in the statement that it fully supports the decision by F1, the FIA and the Australian Grand Prix Corporation to cancel the event.
McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown wrote on Twitter: “I applaud the decision by F1, FIA and AGPC to cancel the Australian GP.
“The health and safety of the F1 family and the local community must come first.
“As a runner, it was the most difficult decision I had to make. As CEO, it was the easiest decision to make.”