The FIA has handed Veiby a six-month ban after failing to inform the motor racing governing physique that he had been involved with an individual that has since contracted COVID-19.
Consequently, he’s banned from any WRC occasion till 23 November, every week after the Rally Japan finale, which suggests he’ll miss the remaining occasions of the season.
Co-driver Jonas Andersson has a lesser three-month ban till 21 August having been discovered responsible of breaking quarantine laws and for travelling from Spain to Portugal.
Veiby himself examined optimistic for COVID-19 after Thursday’s pre-event shakedown for final weekend’s Rally Portugal, forcing him to withdraw from the rally.
The 24-year-old Norwegian had been involved with WRC2 title chief Andreas Mikkelsen previous to Rally Portugal on the Targa Florio rally earlier this month. Since that occasion, Mikkelsen examined optimistic for COVID-19 final Monday and was pressured out of Rally Portugal.
Whereas Veiby and co-driver Andersson each examined adverse for the virus final Monday, Veiby had breached COVID-19 protocols by failing to inform the contact with Mikkelsen to the FIA COVID-19 delegate.
Ole Christian Veiby, Jonas Andersson, Hyundai Motorsport N Hyundai i20 R5
Picture by: Fabien Dufour / Hyundai Motorsport
“Mr Veiby took a routine antigen take a look at on Thursday, 20 Might. The outcome was optimistic. He was retested with 1D NOWTM COVID-19 molecular speedy take a look at in addition to a daily PCR take a look at, each of which revealed a optimistic outcome,” learn a stewards report.
“Contact tracing was carried out and co-driver Jonas Andersson was discovered as the one shut contact.
“The motive force was ordered to isolate in his lodge room and the co-driver was set in quarantine. The general public well being authority (PHA) was knowledgeable. Mr Andersson was examined as adverse for COVID-19.
“Mr Veiby didn’t declare to the FIA COVID-19 delegate that he had been in shut contact with an individual who was discovered to be COVID-19 optimistic throughout the week earlier than the Portugal occasion. This can be a breach of the FIA ISC, Appendix S, Artwork. 6.18.
“Furthermore, the general public well being authority state that each one optimistic COVID-19 individuals should self-isolate for 10 days. Mr Veiby didn’t do that and drove to Spain on 20 Might.
“The World Rally Championship and the FIA take the laws of FIA ISC [International Sporting Code] Appendix S and the procedures to cut back the publicity to the pandemic extraordinarily critically.
“Mr Veiby didn’t state that he had been in shut contact with a optimistic case within the days earlier than the Portugal occasion and he did moreover not have permission to, nor did he search permission to depart Portugal to return to Spain when he was alleged to be in quarantine for 10 days in Portugal.
“This can be a severe breach of the relevant laws.”
Veiby launched assertion of his personal following the information of his ban, explaining his actions.
“It is with a giant shock I’ve obtained the steward’s choice relating to my optimistic COVID-19 take a look at in Portugal. I perceive this can be a severe scenario, however I acted based on the data given and in good religion,” learn the assertion.
“I examined adverse 3 times over a 5 day interval previous to the optimistic take a look at. I’ve by no means hidden the truth that I hung out with an individual throughout the Targa Florio Rally and after, that later examined optimistic.
“When my optimistic take a look at outcome got here again, I instantly remoted on the lodge. Again on the lodge, we obtained a cellphone name from a consultant from the organisers COVID staff, explaining us we might end the isolation at residence, if we drove by automobile, which is why I left for our household home in Spain, alone in a automobile, to keep away from contact with different folks.
“I can solely apologise for the scenario and I am actually sorry for the staff. I sincerely hope I have never uncovered anybody else with the virus.”
Hyundai Motorsport N has additionally been reprimanded by the stewards and can announce its new WRC2 driver line-up quickly.
“We totally respect and assist the selections and the reprimands outlined by the Stewards on this case, as we take these protocols extraordinarily critically,” stated staff boss Andrea Adamo.
“We’ll talk additional about our WRC2 line-up in the end.”