F1 driver tests positive for coronavirus

F1 driver tests positive for coronavirus

Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez has returned a positive coronavirus test a day before practice begins at the British Grand Prix.

The Racing Point driver had initially returned an inconclusive test for Covid-19, with the FIA confirming Perez was self-isolating.

The 30-year-old, currently sixth in the 2020 standings after three races, then had a re-test which came out positive, meaning he will unsurprisingly miss the British GP this weekend - which still plans to go ahead.

A Racing Point statement read: "Sergio is physically well and in good spirits, but he will continue to self-isolate under the guidelines of the relevant public health authorities, with safety the ultimate priority for the team and the sport."

In a statement, the FIA said a "full track and trace initiative" has been undertaken, while the "swift containment" means the case will not impact the weekend's racing at Silverstone.

"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. 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," Eurosport cited the statement as saying.