A Class Of Its Own

F1 driver Sergio Perez is COVID-19 positive, will miss British Grand Prix

SILVERSTONE, England — Mexican System A single driver Sergio Perez will miss Sunday’s British Grand Prix after screening good for COVID-19, his Racing Issue team claimed on Thursday.

The Canadian-owned outfit claimed the 30-12 months-aged, who is the initial driver to examination good due to the fact the pandemic-strike season commenced this month, was “bodily perfectly and in good spirits.”

They claimed they prepared to substitute him for the race at Silverstone.

With Britain extending the virus isolation period of time to 10 times from 7 on Thursday, Perez also appears to be set to miss the seventieth Anniversary Grand Prix — race five — at the similar circuit on the following weekend.

Racing Issue shares reserves with motor supplier Mercedes, with Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne and Mexican Esteban Gutierrez in people roles.

Equally are expert previous F1 race drivers, but Gutierrez would be the driver on simply call due to the fact Vandoorne is planning for the last races of the stalled all-electrical System E season in Berlin.

Racing Issue could, nevertheless, simply call up another driver of their option with Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg — who raced for Renault previous season — one particular such probability.

A decision will have to be built ahead of observe starts off on Friday.

Perez, who is sixth in the championship, and a small group of teammates who experienced appear into make contact with with him, experienced previously gone into self-isolation after an first examination arrived back again as inconclusive.

“The FIA and System A single can now verify that the outcome of his re-examination is good,” System A single and the governing entire body claimed in a joint assertion.

“Perez has entered self-quarantine in accordance with the recommendations of the relevant community health and fitness authorities, and will keep on to adhere to the course of action mandated by people authorities.”

Mexico has been really hard strike by the virus, with the fourth best quantity of fatalities in the world, but a Racing Issue spokesman claimed Perez experienced not been back again to his region due to the fact he previous raced in Hungary on July 19.

System A single has commenced its delayed season without the need of spectators and below carefully managed ailments, with teams running in bubbles and all personnel and people with obtain to the paddock tested each five times.

The activity experienced described only two good results, neither involving people who attended races, from far more than 15,000 tests carried out from June 26 to July 23.

“The processes set out by the FIA and System A single have offered for swift containment of an incident that will have no broader effects on this weekend’s occasion,” the activity claimed.

System A single chairman Chase Carey claimed ahead of the commence of the season that the activity would not cancel a race even if a driver tested good.

“We stimulate teams to have processes in put so if an specific has to be set in quarantine, we have the capability to quarantine them at a lodge and to substitute that specific,” he claimed then.

The unique season-opener in Melbourne in March was canceled after a McLaren personnel tested good ahead of the observe motion experienced commenced.

Racing Issue has been in the headlines on observe as perfectly this season, with its pink car a lookalike of previous year’s title-profitable Mercedes and subject matter to an ongoing protest by Renault.

The team is fourth, just one particular place at the rear of McLaren.