Sergio Perez will be back in Formula 1 action for Racing Point at the Spanish Grand Prix after testing negative for COVID-19.
Following a trip back home, the Mexican became the first driver to test positive for the virus and was replaced at the British Grand Prix and the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix by Nico Hulkenberg.
Hulkenberg was on standby to take part in a third race weekend for Racing Point, but Perez has been given the all-clear and is allowed to return to Formula 1 paddock.
CONFIRMED: We're pleased to share the news that @SChecoPerez has tested negative for COVID-19 💪
— BWT Racing Point F1 Team (@RacingPointF1) August 13, 2020
“We’re pleased to share the news that Sergio Perez has tested negative for Covid-19,” Racing Point said via social media.
“The FIA have confirmed that Checo can return to the F1 paddock and he will compete for the team in this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.”
Perez said: “I’ve been able to keep training and make sure that I’m ready to jump back behind the wheel of the car.
“I’m very glad I had my tablet to keep me entertained too, though. I’ve definitely missed racing and it was hard to watch from the outside. I can’t wait to get on track.”
With Hulkenberg now back on the sidelines, it does not necessarily mean that we have seem step foot in a Formula 1 car for a final time.
‘The Hulk’ has confirmed he is in talks about returning to the grid on a full-time basis in 2021.
“There are conversations already ongoing for quite a while, not just now because of this [standing in],” Hulkenberg told Sky F1.
“Obviously that’s kind of a process, you stay in touch with team principals, you talk about possible opportunities and what might change.
“That’s still ongoing, obviously behind the scenes. I think it’s still going to take a while to get an answer there, but that’s OK for me.”