The Mexican was self-isolating from the remainder of the paddock on Thursday after an preliminary take a look at got here again as “inconclusive,” his Racing Point workforce mentioned, earlier than a retest confirmed he had the coronavirus.
“With assistance of the local organizer 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,” F1 and the FIA mentioned in a press release.
“The procedures set out by the FIA and Formula 1 have provided for swift containment of an incident that will have no wider impact on this weekend’s event.”
Perez will stay in self-isolation for 10 days, per the UK’s pointers, which additionally guidelines him out of subsequent weekend’s grand prix on the similar monitor.
Racing Point says their “intention is to race two cars on Sunday” and it has been extensively reported that former F1 driver Niko Hulkenberg, who raced for Renault as just lately as final season, may briefly take the workforce’s empty seat.
An settlement with Mercedes means Racing Point also can name upon Silver Arrows reserve drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Gutierrez.
It’s a bitter blow for Perez who has began the season impressively, at present sitting in sixth place due to a vastly improved Racing Point automobile.
“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,” Racing Point mentioned in a press release on Friday.
The 30-year-old is the primary driver to check constructive for the coronavirus for the reason that delayed and shortened season started earlier this month.
Racing Point has additionally moved a small group of workforce members that have been involved with Perez into self-isolation as a precaution and are retesting them, a workforce spokesperson confirmed to F1.