Esteban Ocon says he’s changed every aspect of his life to minimise his chance of catching the Covid-19 coronavirus.
“I’m changing everything,” he said. “There’s not one single thing that I do the same in my life nowadays.
“When I travel or as soon as I go out to get some fruit at the supermarket or anything, everything’s different, of course.”
Ocon is returning to F1 this year after spending 2019 as a reserve driver at Mercedes. “It would be crazy to wait so long, to have prepared that much, and arrive and be positive at the test for myself or risking myself to be positive and getting risk for the team,” he said.
“So I’m definitely massively careful. ‘Risk zero’ doesn’t exist, unfortunately, but you can take some out if you are careful.”
Team mate Daniel Ricciardo said he has also taken steps to minimise his personal risk.
“Probably as most have been doing, [I’m] obviously travelling with masks and going through lots of cleaning products,” he said. “Even coming back from the supermarket and actually cleaning the packages that I bought before putting them away.
“So it’s just taking those extra steps, I guess, that would seem certainly necessary for now.”
However he doesn’t expect the precautions to interfere with his return to racing in Austria this weekend.
“I think going to the circuit and being back in the environment and preparing before the race weekend, I don’t see any preparation being ended,” he said.
“Obviously, we’ve got our driver space to warm up and to prepare for the race itself. So it’s more, I guess, from a general hygiene point of view. But as far as getting into the car ready to go I believe I’ll still be able to use everything I have before to to make sure I’m hopping in the car at 100 percent.”
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