Sergio Perez’s trip to Mexico was not the source of his Covid-19 infection, according to his team’s CEO Otmar Szafnauer.
Racing Point previously said they would investigate the source of Perez’s infection. Speaking to Sky, Szafnauer said their information led them to conclude he did not catch Covid-19 during his stay in Mexico.
“We think he got it from one of the private chefs that he hired,” said Szafnauer. “That, quite frankly, could happen to any one one of us.
“He took every precaution, he flew privately, he stayed with his parents, he didn’t go out to eat. And then when he got to Europe he hired a private chef so he wouldn’t go to restaurants and we think he got it from the chef.”
Perez was the first F1 driver to test positive for Covid-19. He returned a negative test ahead of this weekend’s race and has returned to the paddock.
“I was extremely lucky not to have any big symptoms other than a little bit of headache,” he said yesterday.
“One or two days I felt very tired, but at the same time you feel like that while you spend so much of your time on your own.”
Perez spent his isolation period in an apartment in Milton Keynes. “I couldn’t leave the room so I was basically on lockdown for 10 days,” he said.
“I was training in the apartment that I was and I was trying to to keep fit. There was a chance that I could have raced in the second Silverstone race if I tested negative. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Now, finally, I’m free to race again.”
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