Under Formula 1’s regulations for carrying out Closed Events during the pandemic, all personnel allowed within the confines of the circuit must present negative test results every five days. Following his inconclusive result, Perez is understood to be awaiting the results of a new test, which if negative will allow him to attend the first day of practice on Friday.
If Perez is unable to participate tomorrow, Racing Point may have to run one of its reserve drivers. The team has an arrangement in place with Mercedes to use its reserves Stoffel Vandoorne or Esteban Gutierrez if needed.
Perez is not the only person due to attend this weekend’s race who is unable to enter the track today due to an inconclusive test result. RaceFans editor Keith Collantine is also awaiting the outcome of a second Covid-19 test in 24 hours in order to cover the event.
As of last week, Formula 1 had reported in excess of 10,000 Covid-19 tests over its first three race weekends, only two of which had returned positive results.
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