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Carlos Sainz reveals Covid-19 health fears as Formula 1 season gets set to start

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

As the 2020 Formula 1 season finally gets ready to start, McLaren driver Carlos Sainz has revealed his health fears about the sport returning amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

(CNN)As the 2020 Formula 1 season finally gets ready to start, McLaren driver Carlos Sainz has revealed his health fears about the sport returning amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Safety precautions will be in place for the sport's return -- masks will be worn and teams must stay in their "bubbles. " The McLaren outfit has been tested every Monday over the last month, but Sainz still worries about the possibility of contracting Covid-19.

"You might have Covid-19 and you don't even know you have it and don't even have symptoms or someone in the team doesn't even have symptoms and they have it and you might miss a race because of that," the 25-year-old told CNN Sport's Amanda Davies in an Instagram Live chat.

"And after four months of not racing and of wanting to go racing, suddenly you are perfectly well and healthy but you have tested positive for Covid-19 so cannot race in Formula 1, after four months, it would be a horrible feeling and something that I want to take care of not happening.

No fans will be in attendance for the opening rounds of the 2020 season, but F1 boss Chase Carey believes it is possible a 15-18 race season can still be completed.

Racing without fans will affect the moments "before and after the race," says Sainz, but when it comes to the racing itself, the McLaren driver believes it'll be business as usual.

"Those moments when you're doing the drivers parade when you see the full grandstand, those moments when you go into a track and you see everything full of fans supporting you, shouting out your name, it fills you with energy and good vibes," said Sainz, who will replace Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari in 2021.

It announced the start of its own #WeRaceAsOne initiative, set up to tackle "the biggest issues facing the sport and global communities -- the fight against COVID-19 and the condemnation of racism and inequality. "

When asked whether the drivers were considering taking a knee ahead of the first race of the season, Sainz admitted that they were "thinking about it. "

Sainz says he has "never seen racism in first person," though the McLaren driver is actively searching for ways in which he can help make a positive impact.

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