Formula 1 race directors Eduardo Freitas and Niels Wittich test positive for Covid-19 ahead of Miami Grand Prix

Eduardo Freitas and Niels Wittich, who were appointed to share the role of race director after the departure of Michael Masi, have both reportedly tested positive this week; The first Formula 1 Grand Prix in Miami is due to take place on May 8

Last update: 04/27/22 7:40 p.m.

F1 race directors Eduardo Freitas (left) and Niels Wittich have tested positive for Covid-19

Formula 1 race directors Eduardo Freitas and Niels Wittich have both tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the Miami GP next weekend, Sky Sports News has learned.

Sky Sports News understands the two tested positive this week. That would mean there’s a reasonable chance of one testing negative for Miami’s inaugural event, which kicks off next Friday.

People traveling to the United States are required to present a negative Covid-19 test result taken no later than one day before travel.

The FIA ​​will not comment on what it describes as “unsubstantiated” reports and says it “would only release medical information about our staff if it was relevant to the running of the event”.

Freitas and Wittich are the only two race directors appointed for the 2022 season. They were appointed to replace Michael Masi following a review of the controversial 2021 season finale in Abu Dhabi.

Masi is currently in Australia and is not considered a potential replacement should Freitas and Wittich be unable to attend the Miami GP.

The most likely options would be British veterans Herbie Blash, long-serving assistant to the late Charlie Whiting, and Colin Haywood, who was to be Miami’s assistant race manager.

However, neither has filled the role of F1 race director before. Scott Elkins, who is the DTM race director, could be another option.

Formula 1 sporting director Steve Nielsen is not an option.

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