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F1 confirms its first positive tests for COVID-19

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According to multiple reports, Formula One has confirmed its first positive tests of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) since the F1 season began.

The two positive tests were among nearly 5,000 conducted ahead of Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

According to Formula One, the infected had been removed from operations and isolated. They also hadn’t been in Austria for the circuit’s race July 5 and July 12.

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In a statement posted by Autosport:

The FIA and Formula 1 can today confirm that between Friday 10th July and Thursday 16th July, 4,997 tests for COVID-19 have been performed on drivers, teams and personnel. Of these, two people have tested positive. The individuals were not present in Austria, with the affected people removed from operations and isolated.

Tracing of close contacts completed and isolated. The FIA and Formula 1 are providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency.

No specific details as to teams or individuals will be provided.

F1  has been conducting large-scale COVID-19 testing on team personnel (including drivers) without any previously positive since opening its season two weeks ago in Austria.

Reports have been released each Friday by F1 and FIA, and nearly 10,000 tests among those working on consecutive grand prix weekends at the Red Bull Ring had been negative

A McLaren employee had tested positive for COVID-19 in March, a day before F1 made the decision to cancel its originally scheduled season opener in Australia.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.