FIA replaces F1 Medical Car team for Turkish GP after Covid-19 cases

2021 Turkish Grand Prix

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Formula 1 has changed its Medical Car team for this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix after its regular pair tested positive for Covid-19.

Medical Car driver Alan van der Merwe and FIA F1 medical rescue co-ordinator and deputy medical delegate Dr Ian Roberts tested positive for Covid-19 prior to travelling to Turkey, the FIA confirmed to RaceFans. The pair are self-isolating and will not attend this weekend’s grand prix at Istanbul Park.

Formula E Safety Car driver Bruno Correia will take over driving duties in the F1 Medical Car this weekend. Formula E medical delegate Dr Bruno Franceschini will stand in for Roberts.

Correia, 43, has been Formula E’s Safety Car driver since the series began in 2014. He drove the BMW i8 Safety Car and later the Mini Electric Pacesetter which replaced it this year.

Prior to that Correia was the Safety Car driver for the World Touring Car Championship and European Touring Car Cup. During his racing career he competed in the Portuguese Formula Ford series and Spanish Formula Renault.

Bernd Maylander will continue to drive the Safety Car as usual at the Turkish Grand Prix.

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Notable positive Covid-19 cases in F1

Date Individual/s Team/other Notes
18/03/2020 One team member McLaren
30/07/2020 Sergio Perez Racing Point Missed British and 70th Anniversary grands prix
08/10/2020 Six team members Mercedes
13/10/2020 Two team members Renault
21/10/2020 Lawrence Stroll Racing Point
21/10/2020 Lance Stroll Racing Point Missed Eifel Grand Prix
30/10/2020 Four team members Racing Point
11/11/2020 Simon Roberts Williams
16/11/2020 Mario Isola Pirelli
26/11/2020 Jonathan Wheatley Red Bull
1/12/2020 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Missed Sakhir Grand Prix
5/1/2021 Lando Norris McLaren
13/1/2021 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
25/1/2021 Toto Wolff Mercedes
31/1/2021 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
11/3/2021 Frederic Vasseur Alfa Romeo
25/3/2021 Two team members Aston Martin
15/7/2021 Three team members McLaren Including McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown
4/9/2021 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Missed two races

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  • 6 comments on “FIA replaces F1 Medical Car team for Turkish GP after Covid-19 cases”

    1. You’re missing one Kimi-Matias Räikkönen on that list of notable cases.

    2. Correia got the chance to take over as the Safety Car driver for the World Touring Car Championship in 2009 after a local course car driver caused a crash which took out race leader Franz Engstler at Pau.

      1. That. Is something!

        Safety car joining the race track in an unsafe manner and causing a collision. Oh, the irony.

    3. You missed Channel 4’s Billy Monger who tested positive ahead of the Styrian round:

    4. Surprisingly FE rather than F2, even though the latter is closer to F1 and doesn’t race this weekend.

      1. It’s almost as if F1 and F2 run on the same weekend and have the same medical car and team between them.

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