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Formula One driver Sergio Perez tests positive for Covid-19 and will miss British Grand Prix

July 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Formula One driver Sergio Perez has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss this weekend's British Grand Prix.

(CNN)Formula One driver Sergio Perez has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss this weekend's British Grand Prix.

The Mexican was self-isolating from the rest of the paddock on Thursday after an initial test came back as "inconclusive," his Racing Point team said, before a retest confirmed he had the coronavirus.

"With assistance of the local organizer of the British Grand Prix, local health authorities and the FIA COVID-19 delegate, a full track and trace initiative has been undertaken and all close contacts have been quarantined," F1 and the FIA said in a statement.

Perez will remain in self-isolation for 10 days, per the UK's guidelines, which also rules him out of next weekend's grand prix at the same track.

Racing Point says their "intention is to race two cars on Sunday" and it has been widely reported that former F1 driver Niko Hulkenberg, who raced for Renault as recently as last season, could temporarily take the team's empty seat.

"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," Racing Point said in a statement on Friday.

Racing Point has also moved a small group of team members that were in contact with Perez into self-isolation as a precaution and are retesting them, a team spokesperson confirmed to F1.

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