Racing Point Formula 1 driver, Sergio Perez has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self isolating, meaning he will miss the British Grand Prix.
Perez was absent from Thursday’s FIA press conference after it was confirmed that the 30-year-old had an inconclusive COVID-19 test, but it has now been confirmed by Formula 1 that he has had a positive result.
Having now received a positive test result, Perez has gone into self-isolation and it will mean that he will be unable to take part in this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
A statement issued by the team said:”Following the announcement that Sergio has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Silverstone Circuit ahead of the Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix, the team regrets to announce that he will be unable to participate in this weekend’s race.
”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.
”The entire team wishes Sergio well and looks forward to welcoming him back into the cockpit of the RP20 soon.”
Racing Point currently sits fourth in the constructors’ standings with 40 points, 1 point behind McLaren in third.
The Silverstone-based team has confirmed that they still intend to field two cars in this weekend’s Grand Prix and they will announce a revised driver line-up in due course.
Due to their Mercedes links, Racing Point will be able to rely on one of their reserve drivers to deputise for Perez with Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Gutierrez potential candidates, although Vandoorne is an unlikely option due to his Formula E commitments in Berlin next weekend.
If Gutierrez were to step in for Perez, it would be the first time he has raced in Formula 1 since competing for Haas in 2016.