McLaren announces Daniel Ricciardo has tested positive for Covid-19; set to miss day three of Bahrain Testing

Further trouble ahead for Mclaren as Daniel Ricciardo tests positive for Covid-19.

McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo

McLaren has declared in an official statement that their driver Daniel Ricciardo who was feeling unwell since Wednesday has tested positive for Covid-19. He tested positive for Covid-19 in a PCR test.

Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo had missed the first two days of testing in the Bahrain International Circuit ahead of the first Grand Prix of the season, the Bahrain Grand Prix. Fellow teammate Lando Norris was the lone driver for McLaren for testing on these two days. McLaren was already facing some serious issues on these two days related to the braking.

McLaren’s official issued statement

Daniel Ricciardo at pre-testing in Barcelona today
Daniel Ricciardo at pre-testing in Barcelona today

The McLaren statement read, “Under these regulations Daniel will be released in time for next weekend’s Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. Daniel is already beginning to feel better, and we wish him well for a quick recovery.” The 32-year-old driver is currently isolating in accordance with the local regulations. With this we can confirm that Ricciardo will be a no-show tomorrow as well for the final day of testing. He thanked fellow pilot Lando Norris in a playful way on Twitter for covering for him on these three vital days.

McLaren, who seemed dejected even on Day Two of Testing with Daniel Ricciardo pulling out, had serious braking troubles today as well, with sole driver Lando Norris placed seventh on the standings. Today, Norris also raised a red flag. He did establish a personal best in the first sector, but his overall performance today was dismal.

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