Two other staff from the Haas Formula 1 team were placed in isolation at the Australian Grand Prix after being tested for coronavirus.
It comes just 24 hours after two other Haas employees were quarantined after showing symptoms of the virus, and the team confirmed that the other two team members were being assessed after being reported Thursday morning.
This means that there are currently five F1 paddock members tested, with another McLaren individual also being tested.
We hope the results will be available on Thursday afternoon.
Team director Gunther Steiner said, “We should get the results in the afternoon. Until then, I don’t know anything, I don’t want to speculate. I’m not a doctor.
“I hope they come back negative and we will continue as we want.”
Steiner said there has not yet been a discussion of what would happen if the tests returned positive.
“We will cross this bridge when we get there, but I think we are just waiting for the results,” he said. “I hope they are negative, but who knows.”
The Haas staff involved are made up of three mechanics and an engineer, and there is a chance that the team may have to reorganize their organization if they are unable to return to work immediately.
“The alternative plans are difficult because no one can come here anymore, neither in terms of time nor of permits,” he said.
“We have to find something. In racing, you always find solutions, but first I want to have a problem before I find a solution.”
F1 is now facing a nervous wait for test results, with medical chiefs in Melbourne warning that if staff are infected with the virus, their teams are likely to be quarantined.
Brett Sutton, Victoria’s chief health administrator, told Melbourne radio station 1116 Sen that he had pushed for faster testing.
“If they are all negative and everyone who has symptoms is negative and has not exposed any other crew, then I can say they can continue,” he said.
“But if there is a positive crew and they have denounced a certain number of them, then all these contacts must be quarantined, and it will therefore be a question of knowing if they have the operating personnel to continue. “
“I spoke to my team about getting these test results as soon as possible. It really depends on that.
“If there are positive tests, I will be directly involved in the [Australian GP] CEO, with the organizers on the next steps to follow [and] what are the implications. “