Sergio Perez out of Formula One British GP with coronavirus

Sergio Perez out of Formula One British GP with coronavirus

Sergio Perez out of Formula One British GP with coronavirus

Formula One driver Sergio Perez is in isolation at the British Grand Prix on Thursday after returning an inconclusive coronavirus test.

The German left Formula 1 at the end of past year having been replaced by Esteban Ocon at Renault for 2020, but of course previously spent five seasons at the team then known as Force India, initially as reserve driver before racing for them in 2012 and between 2014-2016.

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

F1 insists the status of Sunday's race is not in doubt. It has now been confirmed that the result of his second test is positive, rulling him out of the British Grand Prix.

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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 Racing Point driver was initially denied admittance to Silverstone and was forced to miss the FIA drivers' press conference after his first test proved inconclusive.

The statement added: "With assistance of the local organiser of the British Grand Prix, local health authorities and the FIA Covid-19 delegate, a full track-and-trace initiative has been undertaken and all close contacts have been quarantined".

A statement from governing body the FIA said "procedures... have provided for swift containment".

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Vandoorne is not on-site at Silverstone this weekend while he prepares for the Berlin Formula E finale, while Gutierrez has not made a grand prix start since the end of 2016.

However, this is an unprecedented situation and Racing Point is not bound to Vandoorne or Gutierrez.

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.

"We encourage teams to have procedures in place so if an individual has to go into quarantine, we have the ability to quarantine them at a hotel and then to replace that individual", he said.

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