McLaren CEO Zak Brown to miss F1 British GP after testing positive for Covid-19

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Zak Brown returned positive test prior to British GP but McLaren insist plans for this weekend are “unaffected”; two other team members also tested positive for Covid-19

Last Updated: 15/07/21 1:42pm


McLaren boss Zak Brown has tested positive for Covid-19 along with two other team members, the Formula 1 outfit have confirmed.

McLaren, who confirmed the news on Thursday afternoon, say drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo are not close contacts and their preparations for this weekend’s British GP at Silverstone are “unaffected”.

“McLaren Racing confirmed today that three team members, including CEO Zak Brown, tested positive for covid-19 during the team’s rigorous testing programme before the British Grand Prix,” a team statement read.

“Neither of our drivers are close contacts.

“All three cases are unconnected and now isolating in accordance with government guidelines. The team’s operations for the British Grand Prix are unaffected.”

Brown has been McLaren Racing’s chief executive officer since 2018 and has overseen improved performance in all categories since, namely in F1 – with the Woking team looking for consecutive third-place finishes this year.

McLaren boss Zak Brown says the team have been providing support to driver Lando Norris after his watch was stolen following the Euro 2020 final at Wembley on Sunday.

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McLaren boss Zak Brown says the team have been providing support to driver Lando Norris after his watch was stolen following the Euro 2020 final at Wembley on Sunday.

McLaren boss Zak Brown says the team have been providing support to driver Lando Norris after his watch was stolen following the Euro 2020 final at Wembley on Sunday.

The American, 49, said he will “still be connected to and supporting the team safely from home” as they gear up for the British GP.

There is a new format and three days of competitive action at Silverstone this weekend, with qualifying on Friday night, a maiden F1 Sprint race on Saturday, and the showpiece British GP on Sunday at 3pm.

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