Sergio Perez will not take part in the British Grand Prix after testing positive for Covid-19.
Racing Point said Perez 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,” the team added.
The FIA confirmed in a statement they have begun to track and trace all F1 personnel Perez has been in touch with.
“Following today’s announcement that Sergio Perez of the BWT Racing Point Formula 1 Team produced an inconclusive test result for Covid-19 at the Silverstone Circuit ahead of the 2020 FIA Formula 1 British Grand Prix, the FIA and Formula 1 can now confirm that the result of his re-test is positive,” said the FIA in a statement.
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“Perez has entered self-quarantine in accordance with the instructions of the relevant public health authorities, and will continue to follow the procedure mandated by those authorities.
“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.
“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.”
Racing Point said they intend to run two cars this weekend but have not indicated who they may call on to partner Lance Stroll in their line-up. The team has an arrangement with power unit supplier Mercedes to make use of of its reserve drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Gutierrez if needed.
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