Sergio Perez defended his decision to fly back to Mexico in between the Hungarian and British Grands Prix, despite being forced to miss two races after contracting Covid-19 during that time.
“I’ve put everything out in a video,” said Perez. “Where I went, any place I visited, anything I did after Hungary.
“Everything was done with extreme precautions with very extreme lines. I was well aware what was going on.
“I think I was just unlucky. I haven’t done anything different to the rest of the paddock. So I was just the unlucky one to get it. That’s one thing. But I’m not willing to take any blame for that because anyone can get it, I was just the unlucky one.”
Perez will return to the cockpit this weekend after testing negative for Covid-19 ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix. He said he has not changed the precautions he is taking to avoid the virus while in Spain for this weekend’s race.
“To be honest, before that, we were already so conservative and took so many precautions that nothing really changes, whether you are positive or negative. The procedures are very, very similar.
“So the amount of precautions that we take have been already in place. [There’s] nothing really more or to do differently than what I’ve done and what we are doing already.”
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