Kimi Raikkonen tests positive for coronavirus, ruled out of Dutch Grand Prix

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Raikkonen
confirmed
on
Wednesday
that
he
will
retire
from
Formula
One
at
the
end
of
the
2021
season.

Heading
into
the
weekend
there
were
just
10
races

including
Sunday’s
trip
around
the
Circuit
Zandvoort

left
in
Raikkonen’s
F1
career,
though
he
is
now
having
to
skip
the
event,
which
has
been
reintroduced
to
the
calendar
this
year.

The
41-year-old
Alfa
Romeo
driver
is
isolating
in
his
hotel,
with
the
team
confirming
he
is
not
showing
any
symptoms
and
is
in
good
spirits.

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Robert
Kubica,
who
has
not
raced
in
F1
since
Abu
Dhabi
in
2019,
will
stand
in
for
the
2007
world
champion.

“Robert
has
been
reserve
driver
of
Alfa
Romeo
Racing
since
the
start
of
the
2020
season
and
has
driven
the
team’s
C41
in
three
practice
sessions
this
year,”
Alfa
Romeo
said
via
Twitter.

“With
97
Formula
One
starts
to
his
name
and
experience
with
2021
Formula
One
machinery,
he
will
be
ready
for
action
and
to
give
his
best
for
the
team.”

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Raikkonen
will
require
a
negative
test
result
in
order
to
return
to
the
paddock,
so
his
status
for
the
Italian
Grand
Prix
remains
uncertain
for
now.

A
joint
FIA
and
F1
statement
read:
“The
FIA,
Formula
1
and
Alfa
Romeo
Racing
can
today
confirm
that
during
onsite
PCR
testing
for
the
2021
FIA
Formula
1
Dutch
Grand
Prix,
Kimi
Raikkonen
has
tested
positive
for
COVID-19.

“In
accordance
with
COVID-19
protocols
he
will
take
no
further
part
in
this
Event.
All
contacts
have
been
declared.
The
procedures
set
out
by
the
FIA
and
Formula
1
will
ensure
no
wider
impact
on
the
Dutch
Grand
Prix.”

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