Sergio Perez felt he could have returned to Formula 1 earlier than he did, according to Racing Point’s CEO Otmar Szafnauer.Nico Hulkenberg stood in for the Racing Point driver in both races at Silverstone after Perez returned multiple positive tests for Covid-19.
However Perez’s symptoms were mild enough for him to train regularly while in quarantine. Szafnauer was he “wasn’t really surprised” his driver was able to return to the cockpit at last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.
“He felt well in himself for the almost the entire time,” said Szafnauer. “I think he had a headache one day.
“He couldn’t understand why he wasn’t in the race car last race, for example, because he was even exercising in his apartment while he was quarantining. So he was keeping fit, felt great.
“I don’t want to call it ‘asymptomatic’, but it was pretty close, because he only had the headache symptoms for one day. I don’t know, if he didn’t have the virus, would he have had the headache that day anyway? I don’t know.”
After testing negative for Covid-19 Perez made a successful return to action in Spain. He qualified fourth and took the chequered flag in the same position, though a five-second penalty dropped him back to fifth.
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