Daniel Ricciardo has tested negative for Covid-19 and will be able to return for the Bahrain Grand Prix, McLaren have announced.
The 32-year-old was taken ill on the day prior to the start of testing in Bahrain. He missed the first two days of the test, and the official pre-season drivers’ photograph, with reported stomach problems.
On the third day of the test, McLaren issued a statement saying that although Ricciardo had initially tested negative for Covid-19, he subsequently returned a positive test and would isolate.
In a statement issued today, the team confirmed “after testing positive for Covid-19 during last week, Daniel has now returned a number of negative tests and will therefore return to the paddock on Thursday ready to compete in this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.”
“Daniel has been feeling better each day as he continued to recover while in isolation following local regulations in Bahrain,” the team added.
The team had as many as four potential alternatives ready to replace Ricciardo had he been unable to race this weekend. In addition to Mercedes reserves Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries, the team also had Paul di Resta on standby.
Alpine also offered its reserve driver, reigning Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri, to take the place of his fellow Australian.
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