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McLaren driver Norris tests positive for COVID-19

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2020 McLaren’s Lando Norris arrives at the Yas Marina Circuit Hamad I Mohammed/Pool via REUTERS

(Reuters) – McLaren driver Lando Norris has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now self-isolating, his Formula One team said on Tuesday.

McLaren said in a statement https://twitter.com/McLarenF1/status/1346458645614243840 that Norris had returned a positive result on Monday in Dubai, where he is on a holiday before the team’s training camp.

Norris, 21, said that he took a COVID-19 test after losing his sense of taste and smell.

“I feel alright and have no other symptoms,” he wrote on Twitter https://twitter.com/LandoNorris/status/1346458552769146880.

Norris is the fourth F1 driver to test positive for the novel coronavirus after seven-times champion Lewis Hamilton, Mexican Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll of Racing Point (now Aston Martin) returned positive tests last season.

Norris finished ninth in the drivers standings last season.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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