Racing Point’s Sergio Perez has tested positive for coronavirus and will miss this weekend’s British Grand Prix, becoming the first Formula 1 driver to test positive since the July 2020 season made a belated start in Austria.
Perez has gone into self-quarantine, along with all his close contacts, as per F1’s track-and-trace system.
In a statement from governing body, FIA, says that Perez’s positive test “will have no wider impact on this weekend’s event”.
Racing Point said Perez was “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”. However, Racing Point has the option of picking another driver with more recent experience.
F1 has a series of protocols that participants have to follow to minimise the risks with coronavirus, including 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.
The sport had considered it inevitable that there would be positive tests, but bosses believe the competition can continue as a result of its mitigation procedures.
The original season-opening race in Melbourne, Australia, was called off in March after some McLaren personnel tested positive.