London: Sergio Perez of Racing Point has tested positive for coronavirus and will miss the British Grand Prix. The Mexican is the first Formula 1 driver to test positive since the 2020 season made a belated start in Austria this month.
“Following the announcement that Sergio has tested positive for Covid-19 at the Silverstone Circuit ahead of the British Grand Prix, the team regrets to announce that he will be unable to participate in this weekend’s race,” said Perez’s Racing Point team in a statement.
“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,” added his team.
Racing Point share reserve drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Gutierrez with Mercedes.
F1 has a series of protocols that participants have to follow to minimise the risks with coronavirus.
This includes keeping teams separate from each other, having a series of ‘sub-bubbles’ inside each team to limit contact, and an extensive test, track and trace system.