Sergio Perez has tested positive for coronavirus before the Grand Prix of Great Britain and will not be able to participate in the next race. Before it was confirmed that he was infected, the Mexican was isolated after a test gave him an « inconclusive » result. After repeating the test, it was her own FIA the one that confirmed the news. However, this case, in principle, does not endanger the event because it is governed by a very strict protocol that prevents the virus from entering the paddock. Along with Checo there have only been his collaborators, the only ones who were in contact with him during the last hours.
«Sergio Pérez will not participate in the Grand Prix of Great Britain this weekend after testing positive for COVID-19. He is undergoing isolation and we wish him a speedy recovery. The Racing Point driver lineup will be announced in due course, ”announced Formula 1 on his Twitter account.
For his part, Racing Point explained that the Mexican is « physically well and in a good mood. » «It will continue to isolate itself according to the guidelines of the relevant public health authorities, with safety as the highest priority for the team and the competition. The entire team wishes Sergio the best and hopes to welcome him at the wheel of the RP20 soon, « the team stressed.
Now, although Racing Point has the Mercedes substitutes, who are Stoffel Vandoorne and the also Mexican Esteban GutiérrezOnly the second can be his substitute, since the Belgian is in Berlin, where he hopes to compete next week with Formula E. Checo Pérez is sixth in the World Cup.
Formula 1 To date, he has performed more than 15,000 PCR tests. In addition, the pilots are in a closed bubble and require negative tests before arriving at each event, just as access to essential personnel and contacts is limited.