Formula 1: The latest driver to test positive for COVID-19

Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri, Formula 1 (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)
Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri, Formula 1 (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images) /

Pierre Gasly became the latest Formula 1 driver to test positive for COVID-19, becoming the sixth overall and third of the offseason to do so.

Another Formula 1 driver has tested positive for COVID-19, and this time, it is AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly.

Gasly became the sixth active driver to test positive for the virus since the coronavirus pandemic began last year.

The 24-year-old Frenchman is the third driver to test positive following the conclusion of the 2020 season in mid-December.

Three of the 2020 season’s five race winners have now tested positive, with Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton doing so during the season itself and now Gasly having done so.

The other three drivers to test positive thus far include Lance Stroll, Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc, of whom only Stroll tested positive during the season itself.

Gasly confirmed his positive test on Twitter.

Gasly had a breakout year in the 2020 season after being demoted from Red Bull with just nine races remaining in the 2019 campaign.

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He won the Italian Grand Prix at Autodromo Nazionale Monza to become the first driver outside of Mercedes, Red Bull or Ferrari to win a race since Kimi Raikkonen won the 2013 season-opening Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit driving for Lotus.

Gasly went on to finish in 10th place in the driver standings and retain his seat for the 2021 season, when he is set to be paired with rookie Yuki Tsunoda, who has been announced as the replacement for Daniil Kvyat.

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The 2021 season is scheduled to get underway at Bahrain International Circuit under two months from now on Sunday, March 28 with the Bahrain Grand Prix after pandemic-related restrictions forced the Australian Grand Prix, originally scheduled for Sunday, March 21 at Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, to be postponed until Sunday, November 21.