Sergio Perez isolating after 'inconclusive' coronavirus test

Ross Houston
August 1, 2020

A spokesman for the Canadian-owned team had denied on Thursday that that was the case.

However, German Hulkenberg has not yet been confirmed for next weekend's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

Racing Point chose Hulkenberg over Mexican Esteban Gutierrez, who is the Mercedes reserve driver for this weekend and they had a contractual right to call on had they wanted to due to their links with the world champions. "He's a buddy of mine, an old team-mate and I wish him a speedy recovery".

Vandoorne last raced in Formula 1 for McLaren in 2018 while Gutierrez's most recent outing came for Haas in the 2016 finale.

But drivers and team members were afforded freedom of movement following the Hungarian Grand Prix and ahead of the two races at Silverstone.

"Our philosophy is we take all precautions necessary in light of where we're traveling and if we do take those precautions, I'm confident we won't get the virus". And also he has relevant experience from having driven in F1 past year. "We just need to now forensically look back and try to ascertain how Checo became infected and make sure we cover that off in the future".

He added his thanks to the Racing Point team for their part in his swift preparation for the unexpected call-up. There Hulkenberg could carry out a seat fit, get up to speed with procedures, and spend some time in the simulator. A contract and Super Licence paperwork also had to be wrapped up.

"I think it was handled well, and it's been executed well by the FIA and by the team". It just takes time to inhale everything, understand it, know how you have to drive it and learn. Hulkenberg completed 23 laps in FP1, finishing ninth, as he linked up with the team he departed at the end of 2016.

Those who test positive for Covid-19 must self-isolate for 10 days - but the altered practice was only introduced on Thursday and was an increase from the previous seven-day period.

The positive test came after Perez's first coronavirus test was inconclusive.

"Friends, I won't be able to be on the stream today, because I have to be ready for this weekend in Silverstone", he wrote.

Sergio Perez's Racing Point boss believes Formula One drivers could now be forced to stay in their bubbles for the rest of the season.

F1 carried out almost 4,000 tests for coronavirus in the week leading up to the fourth round of the delayed 2020 world championship and no one other than the Racing Point driver has returned a positive result.

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