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F1: Perez ruled out of British GP after testing positive for Covid-19

Racing Point's Sergio Perez will not be racing at this weekend's British GP after being tested positive for Covid-19.


1st August 2020


The Mexican driver was absent on Thursday after an initial test was inconclusive but a re-test later that day came back positive.


Since, Perez has entered self-quarantine but is "physically well and in good spirits."


With Perez unable to race this weekend, Racing Point called upon former Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg. Hulkenberg raced with Force India in 2012 and then from 2014 to 2016.


After leaving what was then Force India, Hulkenberg moved to Renault in 2017 before being replaced by Esteban Ocon for this season.


The German holds the record for the most races entered, 177, without making it onto the podium.


Otmar Szafnauer, Racing Point Team Principal, added: "Having to find a replacement for Sergio at short notice is no easy task, but in Nico we’ve got a fantastic super-sub who the team knows very well. He’s certainly being thrown in at the deep end, but he’s a fast learner and I’m sure he will get up to speed quickly.”

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