F1 driver Perez to miss British GP after COVID-19 positive

Tanya Simon
July 31, 2020

After the Hungarian Grand Prix the drivers and teams finally had no racing for a week.

That test has now returned a positive result.

While the Australian Grand Prix had to be cancelled after two members of the McLaren team were declared coronavirus positive, F1 will press on with the British GP, having previously stated that the provisions they have put in place will allow the show to go ahead even if 10 members of the paddock are tested positive.

Tests are carried out to detect two particular COVID-19 genes and, if a patient has both, the test registers as positive.

Racing Point's Sergio Perez has tested positive for Covid-19, meaning he will miss this weekend's Formula 1 British Grand Prix.

"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 an FIA statement.

"All close contacts [to Perez] have been quarantined".

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Racing Point revealed that the staff which came into contact with Perez are all in self- isolation now.

So it is confirmed that Perez flew back to Mexico after the Hungarian Grand Prix to be there with his family. However, that post can no longer be found, because it has been removed by his wife after Perez's positive test.

Who will replace Sergio Perez?

Although Racing Point has an agreement with Mercedes to use either Esteban Gutierrez or Stoffel Vandoorne if required, RACER understands Hulkenberg is set to partner Lance Stroll at the team he raced for in 2012 and again from 2014-16.

But according to Motorsport.com, Nico Hulkenberg, who raced for five years with the Silverstone-based outfit when it was known as Force India, is Racing Point's preferred option as a substitute for Perez.

The German, whose last Grand Prix start was in Abu Dhabi at the end of 2019, has repeatedly said that he was waiting in the wings for an opportunity to return to the grid.

However, the former is now not on site in the United Kingdom as he prepares for next week's Formula E round in Berlin with Mercedes, while Gutierrez hasn't raced in F1 since 2016.

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