After today’s Racing Point announcement concerning the inconclusive first Covid-19 test for Sergio Perez, the FIA and Formula 1 have confirmed that the Mexican driver has tested positive for Covid-19. This is the first Formula 1 driver that has been confirmed as a positive case of the Chinese Virus. This is the official FIA statement:
“Following today’s announcement that Sergio Perez of the BWT Racing Point Formula 1 Team produced an inconclusive test result for COVID-19 at the Silverstone Circuit ahead of the 2020 FIA Formula 1 British Grand Prix, the FIA and Formula 1 can now confirm that the result of his re-test is positive.” Affirmed the FIA.
“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.”
BREAKING: Sergio Perez will not take part in this weekend's British Grand Prix after testing positive for COVID-19— Formula 1 (@F1) July 30, 2020
He is self-isolating and we wish him a speedy recovery
Racing Point's driver line-up will be announced in due course pic.twitter.com/bfndFxqa9D
“With assistance of the local organiser of the British Grand Prix, local health authorities and the FIA COVID-19 delegate, a full track and trance 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 now winder impact on this weekend’s event.” Stated the Federation.
Sergio Perez has been ruled out from the British Grand Prix and Racing Point is now looking for Mercedes’ reserve drivers to race for them. We await the prompt recovery of the Mexican driver. Hopefully this is the only positive case in the paddock and the event can be held without problems.