Novel Coronavirus has sneaked into the Formula 1 circuit ahead of the Pirelli British Grand Prix. Racing Point driver Sergio Perez has tested positive for COVID-19 and ruled out for the race at the Silverstone Circuit this weekend.
“Sergio, physically well and in good spirits, 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,” Racing Point has stated.
“The entire team wishes Sergio well and looks forward to welcoming him back into the cockpit of the RP20 soon. Our intention is to race two cars on Sunday. We will communicate the next steps for our British Grand Prix weekend in due course.”
A minimum two-week quarantine would mean that Perez will be out of action for the two British Grand Prix weekend events at Silverstone and subsequent “70th Anniversary Grand Prix” over the week after that.
Racing Point Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer, Sporting Director Andy Stevenson and Performance Chief Tom McCullough will now have to decide on the man to be put on the Silverstone track alongside Lance Stroll.
They have access to the Mercedes reserve drivers, Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Gutierrez, as per an agreement with the Silver Arrows. They can also explore other options.