Perez was "unlucky" to be first F1 driver to have COVID-19

Tanya Simon
August 13, 2020

Perez has missed the last two races after testing positive for COVID-19 before the British GP and 70th Anniversary GP at Silverstone - with Nico Hulkenberg replacing him - but will be back in the Racing Point vehicle this weekend after returning a negative result ahead of the Spanish GP.

Racing Point driver Sergio Perez has refused to accept any blame for contracting the coronavirus despite travelling home to Mexico between the Hungarian and British Grands Prix.

Nico Hulkenberg impressed as a stand-in for Perez, qualifying third last weekend at Silverstone before finishing seventh.

"The FIA has confirmed that Checo can return to the F1 paddock and he will compete for the team in this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix", said Racing Point in an official release. I lost two races and the best training you can do is to drive the vehicle. "I can't wait to get on track, hopefully this weekend", Perez said.

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"Firstly, I'm very lucky that I've only had mild symptoms, so I've been able to keep training and make sure that I'm ready to jump back behind the wheel of the auto", Perez said. "I'm very glad I had my tablet to keep me entertained too, though", Perez had said on Wednesday.

Also back is Stoffel Vandoorne as reserve driver at Mercedes, McLaren and Racing Point, with the Belgian ready to head to Spain after the Formula E season finale in Berlin on Thursday.

Racing Point welcomes Perez back in the midst of an off-track row with several F1 rivals.

Perez's future is in doubt, with four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel expected to join Racing Point in 2021.

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