SILVERSTONE, United Kingdom (AFP) — Sergio Perez became the first Formula One driver since the start of the season to test positive for coronavirus and was ruled out of this weekend’s British Grand Prix.
Organizers, however, insisted that Sunday’s race would still go ahead as the incident “will have no wider impact on the event.”
The 30-year-old Mexican is the first driver to test positive for the virus since the world championship made its delayed start in Austria earlier in July under strict health protocols.
It is possible that Britain’s quarantine rules mean Perez will miss the fifth round of the championship, also at Silverstone, next weekend.
Either fellow-Mexican Esteban Gutierrez or Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne will replace Perez for Sunday’s race, the fourth round of this season’s truncated calendar.