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McLaren driver Lando Norris tests positive for coronavirus while in Dubai

McLaren driver Lando Norris has tested positive for coronavirus while on holiday.

The team announced the 21-year-old had lost his sense of taste and smell during a break in Dubai and a subsequent test had come back positive.

‘McLaren can confirm that Lando Norris tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday in Dubai, where he is currently on holiday ahead of a planned training camp,’ the team said.

McLaren driver Lando Norris has tested positive for coronavirus while on holiday in Dubai

McLaren driver Lando Norris has tested positive for coronavirus while on holiday in Dubai

McLaren driver Lando Norris has tested positive for coronavirus while on holiday in Dubai

Norris revealed he 'lost my sense of taste and smell' but has had 'no other symptoms'

Norris revealed he 'lost my sense of taste and smell' but has had 'no other symptoms'

Norris revealed he ‘lost my sense of taste and smell’ but has had ‘no other symptoms’

‘In line with local regulations, he is now self-isolating at his hotel for 14 days. He is currently feeling well and reports no other symptoms.’ 

The Bristol-born driver finished ninth in the 2020 Formula One drivers’ standings.

He secured his first F1 podium finish last season by finishing third in the Austrian Grand Prix in July.

Norris will have completed his isolation period before the end of the month.

In a statement on Instagram, Norris wrote: ‘Yesterday (Monday) I lost my sense of taste and smell so immediately self isolated and took a test.

The Bristol-born driver finished ninth in the 2020 Formula One drivers' standings

The Bristol-born driver finished ninth in the 2020 Formula One drivers' standings

The Bristol-born driver finished ninth in the 2020 Formula One drivers’ standings

‘It’s come back as positive, so I’ve told everyone that I’ve been in contact with and will be self isolating for the next 14 days.

‘I feel alright and have no other symptoms but I just wanted to let you know.’ 

Pre-season testing is due to take place in Spain in early March, with the Australian Grand Prix scheduled for March 21.

However, there are concerns that the season-opener could be delayed, with the race promoters, national government and F1 bosses in discussions over the matter.