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Sergio Perez ruled out for F1 British Grand Prix

Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez. Photo: Via Racing Point Media

After a COVID-19 positive test, Sergio Perez is in self-isolation and will not be racing in Sunday’s F1 British Grand Prix

Racing Point’s Sergio Perez will miss the British Grand Prix this Sunday after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. The announcement came in a tweet from Formula 1.

The 30-year old Mexican is the first F1 driver to contract the coronavirus and has gone into self-quarantine along with close contacts as part of the series track and trace protocols.

Racing Point said the team intends to field both cars on Sunday. “We will communicate the next steps for our British Grand Prix weekend in due course.” Perez was not at the Silverstone Circuit on Thursday.

Speculation began almost immediately as to who would replace Perez. Stoffel Vandoorne, who has not competed in F1 since 2018, and Esteban Gutierrez, his last appearance was in 2016, are reserve drivers for both Racing Point and Mercedes. The team, however, could choose another driver for Sunday.

FIA issues the following statement:

Following today’s announcement that Sergio Perez of the BWT Racing Point Formula 1 Team produced an inconclusive test result for COVID-19 at the Silverstone Circuit ahead of the 2020 FIA Formula 1 British Grand Prix, the FIA and Formula 1 can now confirm that the result of his re-test is positive.

Perez has entered self-quarantine in accordance with the instructions of the relevant public health authorities, and will continue to follow the procedure mandated by those authorities.

With assistance of the local organiser of the British Grand Prix, local health authorities and the FIA COVID-19 delegate, a full track and trace initiative has been undertaken and all close contacts have been quarantined.

The procedures set out by the FIA and Formula 1 have provided for swift containment of an incident that will have no wider impact on this weekend’s event.

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