Formula 1 racing doctor Dr. Ian Roberts and his medical car driver Alan van der Merwe have both tested positive for the coronavirus and are canceled for the upcoming GP weekend in Turkey.
Dr. Ian Roberts and Alan van der Merwe became world famous in November 2020 when they helped the injured Romain Grosjean out of the fire in Bahrain. The Englishman and the South African have to watch the upcoming Turkish Grand Prix – they have both tested positive for the corona virus!
The doctor and his driver got stuck in a check before the trip to Istanbul. All members of the Formula 1 entourage must be freshly tested before a GP weekend. Both are reportedly fine, they are in isolation. It is assumed that they will be back in action at the US Grand Prix in Austin (Texas) in two weeks – provided they have tested negative several times by then.
As a replacement for Dr. Roberts and van der Merwe step in: the trained anesthesia specialist Dr. Bruno Franceschini, racing doctor for Formula E and the Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet, and his chauffeur is the former Portuguese touring car driver Bruno Correia, who has been driving the safety car in Formula E since 2014 and this function also as part of the World Touring Car Championship took over.