Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton was absent from the Sakhir Grand Prix in December after also contracting the virus and was replaced by George Russell at Mercedes, but returned for the season finale in Abu Dhabi after a swift recovery.
Lando Norris, meanwhile, tested positive While vacationing in UAE a few days ago.
He finished eighth last season after making just two podium finishes in a awful 17-race campaign for Ferrari in which four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel slumped to 13th in the drivers' standings.
Leclerc took to Twitter and wrote: "Hello guys, I hope you are all staying safe". The prognosis has occurred in one of many common checks that the Italian group imposes on its employees inside an inside protocol, as reported by means of their social networks: "Charles Lecrec has examined positive for COVID-19". Unfortunately, I learned that I have been in contact with a positive case and immediately went into self-isolation, notifying anyone I had contact with.
"I feel fine and have mild symptoms". I will remain in isolation in my home in Monaco in complicate with the regulations set by the local health authorities. "Stay safe and take care", he said. but did not reveal if his girlfriend, Charlotte Siine, also tested positive.
"We will have a very young line-up in the future, the youngest Ferrari line-up since 1968, but those two drivers, Charles and Carlos, are very strong, very talented, and even though they are young they have some good experience in F1", added Binotto.
"There is not a number one and number two, they will have equal opportunities - certainly at the start of the season", said the team boss.
Leclerc is now the fifth F1 driver to test positive for COVID-19. "In accordance with group protocols, Charles will get examined usually and yesterday (for Wednesday), the results of the final one was positive ".
He confirmed the news in a social media post, adding that he is "feeling OK", suffering mild symptoms and now self-isolating at his home in Monaco.