In recent weeks, the Formula 1 was very shaken by the different cases of COVID-19 in the paddock. However, one of the teams most affected by this year’s pandemic is Williams. The British team suffered the consequences of the virus, not only economically, if not health. A very important member of the structure tested positive in the last hours.
Simon Roberts, current head of the Williams team, confirmed that he tested positive for coronavirus in the last hours. Roberts had not yet traveled to the Turkish Grand Prix, in Istanbul and is probably in the Bahrain Grand Prix if it recovers correctly. The British team released a statement explaining the situation
The structure confirmed that Roberts tested positive after presenting symptoms. Williams Racing can report that Simon Roberts, Team Principal, has tested positive for COVID-19 prior to traveling to Istanbul for this weekend’s Turkish GP. Simon tested negative on Monday during the team’s regular testing schedule. However, after showing mild symptoms, another test was done this morning and it came back positive.
Finally, Williams announced that he already has his replacement for this weekend. ‘Simon is feeling fine but will isolate himself for the 10 days outlined in the UK action guide while supporting operations. Dave redding, team manager, and Adam carter, car design engineer, will take over the duties. Simon has not been in direct contact with any member and we will continue to operate on the track as planned.
At the Portuguese and Emilia Romaña (Imola) Grand Prix, the Williams team had confirmed at least nine positive cases of COVID-19 in their team. However, since the announcement of that opportunity, they did not detail who they were. On the other hand, it was not ruled out that Roberts was infected with these cases.