Sergio Perez out of the British Grand Prix after positive coronavirus test

Sergio Perez has been ruled out of this weekend's British Grand Prix after testing positive for coronavirus.

The driver was placed into isolation on Thursday after returning an inconclusive Covid-19 test result ahead of the Silverstone showdown.

The Racing Point ace, 30, was re-tested and has now discovered the outcome is a positive result.

Therefore Perez, who was absent from his scheduled media duties at Silverstone on Thursday, will not be allowed to race on Sunday.

An FIA statement said: "Following today’s announcement that Sergio Perez of the BWT Racing Point Formula 1 Team produced an inconclusive test result for COVID-19 at the Silverstone Circuit ahead of the 2020 FIA Formula 1 British Grand Prix, the FIA and Formula 1 can now confirm that the result of his re-test is positive.

"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.

"With 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."

The saga leaves Racing Point in a race to announce Perez's replacement ahead of opening practice, which gets underway on Friday morning.

The Silverstone-based squad share reserve drivers with engine supplier Mercedes, who have Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne and Mexican Esteban Gutierrez available.

The team said: "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.

"The entire team wishes Sergio well and looks forward to welcoming him back into the cockpit of the RP20 soon.

"Our intention is to race two cars on Sunday. We will communicate the next steps for our British Grand Prix weekend in due course."

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