Marshals condemn refusal to test them for Covid-19 at British Grand Prix

  • Only personnel in the paddock will be tested at Silverstone
  • Decision described as ‘a slap in the face’ for volunteers

British marshals have expressed anger and disappointment that they will not be tested for Covid-19 at the forthcoming British Grand Prix and the 70th anniversary grand prix which follows it at Silverstone. Critical to driver safety at races, marshals had originally been told they would be tested as part of Formula One’s coronavirus safety protocols. However, those working outside the paddock will not be tested, a decision they described as a slap in the face and potentially a health risk.

F1 has successfully completed three grands prix using its coronavirus procedures. This included establishing a closed biosphere for personnel working at the circuits. In the two races in Austria and the following round in Hungary more than 5,000 tests were completed with only two positive results.

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