Sergio Perez self-isolating after inconclusive COVID test ahead of British GP

Sergio Perez self-isolating after inconclusive COVID test ahead of British GP

Sergio Perez self-isolating after inconclusive COVID test ahead of British GP

Racing Point Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not race at this weekend's British Grand Prix.

That would likely see Racing Point call upon one of Mercedes' reserve drivers, Stoffel Vandoorne or Esteban Gutierrez, to whom it has access through its engine deal with the German manufacturer.

The Mexican was absent from his scheduled media duties at Silverstone circuit in central England. The race at Silverstone on Sunday will be the fourth in the pandemic-affected season.

Over 14,000 tests for Covid-19 on personnel have been carried out by the FIA and Formula 1 across the opening grands prix and prior to Perez's result only two positive cases were detected.

Perez will also miss next weekend's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone, with United Kingdom government guidelines requiring anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 to quarantine for 10 days as of Thursday.

"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", a statement from the FIA said.

The 30-year-old Mexican is the first driver to test positive for the virus since the world championship made its delayed start in Austria earlier in July under strict health protocols.

The FIA confirmed on Thursday evening that Perez had tested positive for COVID-19 following multiple tests, ruling him out of the grand prix weekend while he goes into quarantine.

A statement from governing body the FIA said "procedures... have provided for swift containment".

However, this is an unprecedented situation and Racing Point is not bound to Vandoorne or Gutierrez. Our intention is to race two cars on Sunday.

Perez was absent on Thursday at Silverstone as he self-isolated following an inconclusive test result following his routine COVID-19 screening. "We will communicate the next steps for our British Grand Prix weekend in due course".

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