Perez in self-isolation after inconclusive COVID-19 test

Sergio Perez is currently in self-isolation as he awaits a COVID-19 re-test following an inconclusive result ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Perez in self-isolation after inconclusive COVID-19 test

Racing Point driver Perez was due to be present for the FIA press conference on Thursday afternoon at Silverstone, but the team was only represented by Lance Stroll.

It was announced by the press conference MC that Perez was absent from the press conference as a result of an "inconclusive" test result for COVID-19, and that he was self-isolating while awaiting the result of a second test.

A spokesman for Racing Point said there was no further information beyond the FIA's comment.

"Checo is not at the circuit today following an inconclusive test result," he said.

"He is self-isolating awaiting the results of a re-test."

Read Also:

All paddock personnel are required to undergo a test for COVID-19 at least every five days, as set out by the FIA in its protocols for the grands prix this season.

Racing Point would be due to call on one of Mercedes' reserve drivers for the race weekend should Perez test positive for COVID-19, as part of an agreement with the team.

It is likely that Esteban Gutierrez would be set to make his first F1 start since his last appearance for Haas at the end of the 2016 season if Perez was ruled out.

Gutierrez shares the Mercedes reserve role with ex-McLaren F1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne, who has more recent grand prix experience, making his most recent start at the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

But Vandoorne is not set to be on-site at Silverstone this weekend as he prepares for the final six races of the Formula E season in Berlin, taking place across a nine-day period that starts next Wednesday.

Read Also:

A second test for Perez is part of the FIA's protocols when screening all paddock personnel for COVID-19, but is the first time it has been made public that a driver has been required to conduct a re-test.

F1 has reported the results of more than 15,000 COVID-19 tests so far, with only two being confirmed as positive.

Both of these were recorded in Hungary two weeks ago, and neither individual had been in Austria at the opening two rounds.

shares
comments

Related video

How the British GP was saved for 2020
Previous article

How the British GP was saved for 2020

Next article

Norris to use helmet designed by six-year-old

Norris to use helmet designed by six-year-old
The sliding doors moment that saved Red Bull and Porsche Prime

The sliding doors moment that saved Red Bull and Porsche

OPINION: Everything looked set for Red Bull and Porsche to join forces for the 2026 season, before the marriage between both parties was called off. While at the time it looked like a major coup for Formula 1 in gaining both VW Group powerhouses Audi and Porsche for 2026, Red Bull and Porsche have really been spared a potentially fractious relationship.

How Tyrrell’s post-Stewart era descended into a fight to survive Prime

How Tyrrell’s post-Stewart era descended into a fight to survive

Glory days for Tyrrell became increasingly infrequent
 after Jackie Stewart’s retirement. But in the latest instalment of his history of the team for Autosport's sister title GP Racing, 
MAURICE HAMILTON recalls how Ken Tyrrell’s plucky and defiantly small team stayed bold enough to innovate – springing a surprise with F1’s first six-wheeled car

Formula 1
Dec 6, 2022
How departing F1 boss Brawn views F1’s new rules - and the future Prime

How departing F1 boss Brawn views F1’s new rules - and the future

Multiple-title-winning designer and team boss Ross Brawn is finally leaving Formula 1 after nearly 50 years in motorsport. But he still has plenty of insights on what’s working and what comes next, as he revealed to Motorsport.com in a far-reaching exclusive interview in Abu Dhabi.

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2022
The key F1 management call Ferrari must make to avoid more defeat Prime

The key F1 management call Ferrari must make to avoid more defeat

OPINION: Mattia Binotto’s departure from Ferrari will naturally bring a range of changes across the Formula 1 team. But how the changes shape up and the impact they could have is set to be dictated by a key direction Ferrari’s top dogs will need to pick

Formula 1
Nov 30, 2022
The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants Prime

The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants

OPINION: Mercedes endured its worst season of the hybrid Formula 1 era, but was mercifully spared its first winless campaign in over a decade late on. It has owned up to the mistakes it made which led to its troubled W13. And while its task to return to title-challenging contention is not small, its 2022 season seems more like a blip than the beginning of a downward spiral.

Formula 1
Nov 29, 2022
The physical focus bringing out the best from Esteban Ocon Prime

The physical focus bringing out the best from Esteban Ocon

Esteban Ocon likes to point out he’s the first driver since Lewis Hamilton to emerge from a spell as Fernando Alonso’s teammate with a superior overall points record. While some may disagree, as LUKE SMITH discovered, the 2021 Hungarian GP winner reckons it’s not just luck which has made him France’s pre-eminent Formula 1 driver of the moment…

Formula 1
Nov 28, 2022
How Red Bull's dynamic leader Mateschitz shaped its F1 philosophy Prime

How Red Bull's dynamic leader Mateschitz shaped its F1 philosophy

The death of Dietrich Mateschitz last month has not only deprived Red Bull of its visionary founder, it has shorn Formula 1 of one of its most influential benefactors. Mateschitz himself was famously media-shy, preferring to let the brand do the talking on his behalf. And, while it’s now normal to speak of Red Bull F1 titles and champions made, Mateschitz never assumed it would be easy or even possible – as ANTHONY ROWLINSON discovered during this previously unpublished interview from 2006…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2022
Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom? Prime

Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom?

OPINION: Teams that have dominated for long periods throughout Formula 1's history often take years to get back to the top of the tree once they've slipped down. But it remains to be seen whether the same will happen to Mercedes after a challenging 2022 season

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2022