F1 Breaking News: Sergio Perez Tested Positive For Covid 19

F1 Breaking News: Sergio Perez Tested Positive For Covid 19. The Driver Earlier Went In Self-Isolation Has Been Confirmed Positive Will Miss Out Action This Weekend

Sergio Perez who went under self isolation after an inconclusive Covid 19 test has been found positive. He will miss the action this weekend, this will be the first incidence of driver being found Covid -19 Positive. Earlier only 2 personnel were found positive in the reported results of test conducted by F1. Luckily none of these people attended the race. Earlier Perez skipped the afternoon pre-race press conference as his result was awaited. Lance Stroll attended the press conference for Racing Point. Perez will miss the British GP 2020 this weekend which will start from July 31st to August 2nd.

Meanwhile Nico Hulkenberg has been confirmed as the replacement.

In a series of tweets Racing Point has confirmed that Perez will be missing from action this weekend. They all wish him speedy recovery and confirmed he is physically well in good spirit.

“Sergio 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. Our intention is to race two cars on Sunday. We will communicate the next steps for our British Grand Prix weekend in due course.”

“Our intention is to race two cars on Sunday. We will communicate the next steps for our British Grand Prix weekend in due course.”

“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,” read a statement issued by Formula 1 and the FIA.

“With assistance of the local organizer 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 Options After Sergio Perez Tests Positive For Covid1-19

Chase Carey, the F1 Chairman already made it clear that they have learnt their lesson from Australian GP cancellation in case any of the driver found positive the race will not be cancelled.

“We encourage teams to have procedures in place so if an individual has to be put in quarantine, we have the ability to quarantine them at a hotel and to replace that individual,” he said then

Racing Point will use the reserve driver of Mercedes. There are two reserve Mercedes drivers  Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Gutierrez . As part of their contract with Mercedes Racing Point can get access to reserve drivers of Mercedes if required. However, the chances of Stofflel Vandoorne driving for Racing Point are very slim as he supposed to prepare for Formula E season. So, it is highly likely if required Esteban Gutierrez will take Sergio’s place if required.  Esteban Gutierrez was last seen in action in 2016 season for Haas. However, Racing point yet to make any announcement about the second driver for British GP

 

Constructor Standing Before British GP

POS TEAM PTS
1 MERCEDES 121
2 RED BULL RACING HONDA 55
3 MCLAREN RENAULT 41
4 RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 40
5 FERRARI 27
6 RENAULT 12
7 ALPHATAURI HONDA 7
8 ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 2
9 HAAS FERRARI 1
10 WILLIAMS MERCEDES 0

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