Mexican System One driver Sergio Perez will miss Sunday’s British Grand Prix after testing constructive for COVID-19, his Racing Level crew stated on Thursday. The Canadian-owned outfit stated the 30-year-old, who’s the primary driver to check constructive for the […]
Mexican System One driver Sergio Perez will miss Sunday’s British Grand Prix after testing constructive for COVID-19, his Racing Level crew stated on Thursday.
The Canadian-owned outfit stated the 30-year-old, who’s the primary driver to check constructive for the reason that pandemic-hit season began this month, was “bodily effectively and in good spirits”.
They stated they deliberate to exchange him for the race at Silverstone.
With Britain extending the virus isolation interval to 10 days from seven on Thursday, Perez additionally seems to be set to overlook the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix — race 5 — on the similar circuit on the next weekend.
Racing Level share reserves with engine provider Mercedes, who’ve Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne and Mexican Esteban Gutierrez in these roles.
Each are skilled former F1 race drivers however Gutierrez could be the driving force on name since Vandoorne is making ready for the ultimate races of the stalled all-electric System E season in Berlin.
Racing Level might, nonetheless, name up one other driver of their alternative with Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg — who raced for Renault final season — one such chance.
A call must be made earlier than observe begins on Friday.
Perez, who’s sixth within the championship, and a small group of crew mates who had come into contact with him had already gone into self-isolation after an preliminary check got here again as inconclusive.
“The FIA and System One can now verify that the results of his re-test is constructive,” System One and the governing physique stated in a joint assertion.
“Perez has entered self-quarantine in accordance with the directions of the related public well being authorities, and can proceed to comply with the process mandated by these authorities.”
NO WIDER IMPACT
Mexico has been onerous hit by the virus, with the fourth highest variety of fatalities on the earth, however a Racing Level spokesman stated Perez had not been again to his nation since he final raced in Hungary on July 19.
System One has began its delayed season with out spectators and underneath fastidiously managed circumstances, with groups working in bubbles and all workers and people with entry to the paddock examined each 5 days.
The game had reported solely two constructive outcomes, neither involving individuals who attended races, from greater than 15,000 checks carried out from June 26 to July 23.
“The procedures set out by the FIA and System One have supplied for swift containment of an incident that may don’t have any wider impression on this weekend’s occasion,” the game stated.
System One chairman Chase Carey stated earlier than the beginning of the season that the game wouldn’t cancel a race even when a driver examined constructive.
“We encourage groups to have procedures in place so if a person needs to be put in quarantine, we now have the flexibility to quarantine them at a lodge and to exchange that particular person,” he stated then.
The unique season-opener in Melbourne in March was cancelled after a McLaren worker examined constructive earlier than the observe motion had began.
Racing Level have been within the headlines on observe as effectively this season, with their pink automotive a lookalike of final yr’s title-winning Mercedes and topic to an ongoing protest by Renault.
The crew are fourth, only one level behind McLaren.