Sergio Perez tests positive for coronavirus and misses British GP

Sergio Perez tests positive for coronavirus and misses British GP

Formula One driver Sergio Perez will not race at the British Grand Prix after testing positive for COVID-19.

Northamptonshire's director of public health, Lucy Wightman, said before the race that her team was looking at quarantine and isolation measures, contact tracing and, if necessary, would take over in case of an outbreak.

The Mexican was absent from his scheduled media duties at Silverstone circuit in central England.

"Our intention is to race two cars on Sunday".

Perez is the first F1 driver to test positive for COVID.

The reason is the unclear result of the coronavirus test.

The 30-Year-old from a Team Racing Point had to wait on Thursday on the results of further Tests before he was allowed to enter the grounds of the race track at Silverstone.

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.

It is the first time a retest has been made public during an F1 race weekend, with the sport recording two positive cases from almost 15,000 tests during the first three race weekends in Austria and Hungary.

"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", the governing body clarified.

Racing Point has an agreement with Mercedes to call upon reserve drivers Esteban Gutierrez and Stoffel Vandoorne if required, but RACER understands Nico Hulkenberg is also in the frame to replace Perez.

"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", his Racing Point team said in a statement. Those individuals were quickly isolated and removed from operations ahead of the race weekend in Hungary, allowing the grand prix to continue as normal.

The 2020 season should have started in Melbourne in March but the race was cancelled after McLaren withdrew when one of their team member tested positive for the coronavirus.

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