Formula E co-founder and chairman Alejandro Agag is set to miss the six-race Berlin showdown after testing positive for the novel Covid-19 coronavirus.
Following a five-month hiatus, Formula E returned to racing with Berlin playing host to an unprecedented six-race showdown for the sixth season of the fully-electric series.
Ahead of the weekend, Formula E announced that every accredited member of its reduced community was tested before being permitted to enter the Berlin paddock. As of Monday,1,421 people tested received negative results and two received positive results.
One of the two people who tested positive for the coronavirus was the Mahindra Formula E Team Principal Dilbagh Gill who was required to isolate between ten and 14 days, handing over his role to Toni Cuquerella.
The other person was Formula E’s co-founder and chairman Alejandro Agag who is now also confined to hos hotel room. Yesterday's E-Prix was the first time Agag missed a Formula E race since the championship was inaugurated back in September 2014.
In a post, Agag confirmed the news. He said: “So sad to miss my first Formula E race ever, that I had to watch from my room in Berlin.
“I tested positive for COVID on arrival, and I am following all the excellent protocols we have in place to keep everyone safe. Missing everyone in the paddock”, he added.
DS Techeetah driver Antonio Felix da Costa won the opening race at Berlin with the field set to continue to battle on the Tempelhof circuit tonight. The second Berlin round will take place on August 8/9 before the season concludes on the same venue on August 12/13.