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Sergio Perez will not be able to race in this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone after he tested positive for Covid-19.
The Racing Point driver was absent from the circuit on Thursday after self-isolating following what his team called an “inconclusive” test.
But after being re-tested later in the day, it was confirmed he had registered positive for the virus.
“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,” read a statement issued by Formula 1 and the FIA.
“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.”
Formula 1 is following a strict testing regime as part of the safety protocols put in place when racing resumed earlier this month, and this is the first time a driver has tested positive.
It’s understood Racing Point – who confirmed the Mexican driver is “physically well and in good spirits” – intend to still run two car’s in this weekend’s race, with a revised driver line-up to be announced in due course.
A team spokesperson earlier confirmed a small group of team members that were in contact with Perez were self-isolating as a precaution and being re-tested, as is standard procedure.
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Sergio to miss British Grand Prix weekend
Following the announcement that Sergio has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Silverstone Circuit ahead of the Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix, the team regrets to announce that he will be unable to participate in this weekend’s race.
Sergio is physically well and in good spirits, but he will continue to self-isolate under the guidelines of the relevant public health authorities, with safety the ultimate priority for the team and the sport.
The entire team wishes Sergio well and looks forward to welcoming him back into the cockpit of the RP20 soon.
Our intention is to race two cars on Sunday. We will communicate the next steps for our British Grand Prix weekend in due course.
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