Oliver Solberg has been ruled out of next week’s Rally Italia Sardegna (3 – 6 June) after father Petter tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday.

The FIA’s Appendix S Covid-19 protocol and national government regulations offer clear quarantine instructions for those in close contact.

Oliver Solberg has tested negative repeatedly since Monday but will remain in quarantine in a hotel in Porto for 14 days.

He had been scheduled to make his second appearance in a Hyundai i20 World Rally Car at next week’s fifth round of the FIA World Rally Championship based in Olbia.

“You can imagine, I am more than disappointed by this news. I am a little bit devastated,” said Oliver Solberg.

“But you know, we have seen in the last year what coronavirus can do. My papa is doing well with a small fever and I’m thinking to him right now.

“It’s really hard to take now, but the time for my next rally in that amazing Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC will come. We have these rules and regulations for a reason and that reason is to try to stop this thing spreading.

“My family accepts completely what the FIA, the rally organisers, the national governments and medical professionals are telling us. The most important thing is that we keep people safe,” he added.

View from the service park: PortugalThe FIA has confirmed that all members of the RedGrey Team, for whom Oliver Solberg drove a Rally2-specification i20 to 11th overall and fifth in WRC2 in Portugal, have been ordered to isolate.

Its statement read:

“The FIA can confirm that a member of the RedGrey Team has tested positive for Covid-19 following Vodafone Rally de Portugal, round four of the FIA World Rally Championship.

“After having undertaken a trace initiative, the Portuguese Health Authorities have decided to issue an isolation notice to all members of the RedGrey team attending Vodafone Rally de Portugal, effective until 4 June.”