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The McLaren CEO Zak Brown has tested positive for COVID-19, just days after he attended Wembley for the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy.
McLaren say that two other team members also tested positive during “the team’s rigorous testing programme” before the British Grand Prix, however, the team confirmed that neither Lando Norris nor Daniel Ricciardo have been in close contact with the individuals.
A McLaren statement read: “All three cases are unconnected and now isolating in accordance with government guidelines.
“The team’s operations for the British Grand Prix are unaffected.”
It comes just days after Brown attended the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy. His driver Norris had his watch stolen in a mugging after the event, as violence erupted at the stadium.
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Speaking to Sky Sports F1 at an event on Tuesday, Brown said he “spoke with him about it a lot”.
Brown added: “I’ve been mugged three times actually, in Los Angeles when I was younger, so I shared my story. It’s easy to feel responsible when you’re the victim, if that makes sense, you’ve got a nice watch on. The reality is he did everything he was supposed to do.
“Got some bad people in the world. That was not a well-executed event, I went, and that just wasn’t acceptable behaviour.
“So that’s going to need to be fixed because you shouldn’t ever feel in danger going to a big sporting event, you’d never see that in Formula 1.
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“But he’s OK. A bit traumatised as you’d expect, he’s explained it to me, it wasn’t a very nice experience, but he’s healthy and he’ll be fine.”
Norris also spoke about the incident on his Instagram account, thanking his fans for their support.
“Thanks for all the messages everyone,” Norris wrote. “Really means a lot to see so many messages of kindness and love from you all.
“Thought I’d let you know that I’m doing well and trying to make sure I’m ready and in the right zone for this weekend to perform at my best.
The British Grand Prix takes place on Sunday in front of a full capacity crowd at Silverstone Circuit, with Max Verstappen leading Lewis Hamilton in the driver standings by 32 points.
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