Perez ‘needs negative test’ with quarantine over

Date published: August 6 2020

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Sergio Perez’s participation in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone hinges on a negative COVID-19 test after it was confirmed he had completed his quarantine period.

The Mexican driver had to miss the British Grand Prix last week when he tested positive following a trip to his homeland to visit his mother, who had been injured in an accident.

Nico Hulkenberg deputised in the Racing Point team but after qualifying 13th for the race, he failed to even make it to the grid as his car could not be fired up in the garage due to a sheared clutch bolt.

In order to return to the F1 paddock, Perez needs to test negative with his seven-day self-isolation period having been completed – even though the current Government instructions say 10 days.

A Racing Point statement said: “Public Health England have confirmed that Sergio Perez’s period of quarantine has been completed.

“In line with the FIA Code Of Conduct, Sergio requires a verified negative test result for COVID-19 before he can enter the paddock. The testing process is taking place today.

“The team expects to make a decision on who is driving alongside Lance (Stroll) later today or first thing tomorrow morning.”

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Hulkenberg, who dashed from Germany at short notice last Thursday when called by Racing Point team principal Otmar Szafnauer, is on standby to race again in the second leg of Silverstone’s double-header but will not be needed should Perez test negative.

On Wednesday, Perez confirmed he had remained asymptomatic and posed a video on Instagram of what he had been doing to pass the time in self-isolation.

He wrote: “I’m fine, thank God. I have not had any symptoms.

“This is how I spend my days: Training, iPad, TV, telephone and kitchen.

“Yes, it’s been long days…looking forward to coming back very soon!

“Thanks to everyone for your support.”

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