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Capito makes decision to isolate from Williams after Raikkonen contact

Williams CEO and Team Principal Jost Capito has made the decision to isolate himself from his team for the remainder of the weekend, after having dinner with Kimi Raikkonen on Friday.

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Jost Capito will not attend the remainder of the Dutch Grand Prix weekend, after being in close contact with Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen on Friday night – hours before the Finn tested positive for COVID-19.

Raikkonen is sitting out the Dutch GP as a result of testing positive for the virus on Saturday morning. Alfa Romeo say he is displaying no symptoms and recovering in his hotel room where he has entered isolation.

However, Williams have confirmed that Capito was in contact with Raikkonen on Friday evening, with reports being that they ate dinner together following Friday practice at Zandvoort.

"Following Kimi Raikkonen's positive COVID-19 test announced this morning, Williams Racing can confirm that Jost Capito will not enter the F1 paddock for the remainder of the Dutch GP," read a statement from Williams.

"Jost met with Kimi yesterday but in a socially distanced manner and while he is therefore not a close contact and has been retested with a negative result, Jost and Williams have taken the decision as a precautionary measure to mitigate any potential risk to the team."

Capito and Raikkonen's links go back two decades, with Capito being Sauber's Chief Operating Officer at the time the team made the decision to take the young rookie on for his Formula 1 debut in 2001.

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