Formula 1

Perez in isolation following ‘inconclusive’ COVID-19 test

Jul 30 2020
By Valentin Khorounzhiy and Edd Straw

Racing Point Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez is self-isolating ahead of the British Grand Prix following an “inconclusive” result from a COVID-19 test.

Perez currently sits sixth in the 2020 F1 drivers’ championship, in what is his 10th season in F1.

Racing Point announced the test result ahead of the 30-year-old Mexican’s planned media appearance at Silverstone on Thursday, which has now been cancelled.

Perez will now need to take another test, and will need to test negative to be admitted to the British GP paddock.

A small group of Racing Point team members who Perez came into contact with are self-isolating and also being retested.

When contacted by The Race, Racing Point would not comment on which driver it has on standby in case Perez is unable to race this weekend.

However, it is known the team has access to Mercedes reserves Esteban Gutierrez and Stoffel Vandoorne.

F1 has carried out over 15,000 COVID-19 tests between the start of the delayed 2020 season and now, and announced back on July 17 that two people had tested positive.

While F1 didn’t officially disclose who the affected individuals were, it was understood neither belonged to team personnel or operated in frontline paddock roles.

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