Racing Point Reserve Driver: Who will replace the Mexican racer for the British Grand Prix as he got tested positive for Coronavirus.
Racing Point has been stunned with unfortunate news ahead of the British Grand Prix, as veteran driver Sergio Perez has been ruled out from the race after he was tested positive for Coronavirus.
Formula 1’s website confirmed the news on its website that the Mexican driver was found positive with the virus after the second testing on Thursday, while his first test gave inconclusive results, which made him self-isolate ahead of press-conference.
“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,” read a statement issued by Formula 1 and the FIA.
“With the assistance of the local organiser 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.
“The procedures set out by the FIA and Formula 1 have provided for swift containment of an incident that will have no wider impact on this weekend’s event.” said the statement on the website.
Who is Racing Point Reserve Driver?
As per the agreement between Mercedes and Racing Point, the reserve drivers of Mercedes- Stoffle Vandoore and Esteban Gutierrez are also listed as Racing Point’s reserve drivers.
And it has been reported that Gutierrez will perform for Racing Point this weekend even though Vandoore has more recent experience in F1, as his last race was in Abu Dhabi 2018, whereas Gutierrez last raced for Haas in 2016.
But due to Vandoore’s commitment in Formula E this month, which is set to organize last 6 races in the bubble of 9 days in Berlin makes him unavailable for this race.
Meanwhile, it was reported that Gutierrez left for Silverstone from London a few hours before Perez was declared positive for Coronavirus.
Esteban Gutiérrez se encuentra ya manejando de Londres a Silverstone.
— Luis Manuel López (@chacho_lml) July 30, 2020