Both race directors Covid positive as Miami GP approaches

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Both race directors Covid positive as Miami GP approaches

The Miami GP has hit one other roadblock now that each race administrators have reportedly examined optimistic for Covid.

As a part of a revamped Race Management construction for 2022, Eduardo Freitas and Niels Wittich have been introduced in to share the function of Components 1 race director, changing Michael Masi.

However, with the first-ever Miami Grand Prix race weekend set to start on Might 6, simply over every week away, each Freitas and Wittich have, in line with Sky Sports activities Information, returned optimistic Covid exams.

At this stage, the FIA haven’t offered any affirmation to Sky Sports activities Information when this info was put to them, however their reporter Craig Slater says that his reveal comes from “very senior sources”.

Slater stated: “I wouldn’t prefer to say that the Miami Grand Prix is unsure, however it’s troublesome to get away from that conclusion as a result of I’ve realized that each Components 1 race administrators, Eduardo Freitas and Niels Wittich, have each examined optimistic for Covid.

“I perceive that each examined optimistic for Covid this week, which might imply there’s a affordable probability one may be unfavourable in time to journey to America for the Miami occasion.

“Now, I’ve not had affirmation of this from the FIA itself, in reality, once I’ve contacted them this night, they’ve described these stories as unsubstantiated, they usually say they’d solely disclose medical details about our personnel if it was related to the working of an occasion.

“However, I’ve had it from very senior sources that each these race administrators have examined optimistic for Covid.

“Now, what’s the issue right here? Properly, they’re the one two people nominated to be race administrators for the season, they have been appointed as replacements for the controversial Michael Masi, these are extremely particular and specialised rolls and it’s not simple to get replacements for them.

“And as I perceive it, as we converse in the mean time, there was no doubtlessly nominated substitute, that’s to say they’ve nobody nominated who has agreed to take this job ready within the wings as we converse.”


Slater went on to clarify that there are doable alternate options to deputise within the function, although was fast to rule out a return for Masi.

That being stated, regardless of arising with a wholesome record of candidates, he identified that the function of race director just isn’t a straightforward one to newly drop somebody into.

“There can be alternate options, simply to clear up one factor, Michael Masi just isn’t a practical different. As I perceive it, he’s at the moment in Australia and never regarded as a possible stand-in.

“There can be potential choices in two British veterans, one in all whom is Herbie Blash, the long-time deputy to the very well-known, the late Charlie Whiting, who was race director for various years.

“And Colin Haywood, who got here out of retirement this season and was attributable to be the deputy race director in Miami. However neither of them have accomplished this job earlier than.

“There’s Scott Elkins who was tipped to have this job this yr, who’s at the moment the race director within the DTM sequence, he may be an alternative choice.

“Steve Nielsen, who’s F1’s sporting director, I perceive to not be an possibility.

“So, in the mean time let’s say it’s a headache relatively than one thing that actually threatens the occasion itself, nevertheless it’s a extremely vital headache and it is a pressurised and really troublesome job for anybody to return into at brief discover.”




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