Formula One: Racing Point's Sergio Perez Tests Negative for COVID-19

Perez returns to F1 for Spanish Grand Prix after COVID lay-off

Racing Point driver Sergio Perez has refused to accept any blame for contracting the coronavirus despite travelling home to Mexico between the Hungarian and British Grands Prix.

Also back is Stoffel Vandoorne as reserve driver at Mercedes, McLaren and Racing Point, with the Belgian ready to head to Spain after the Formula E season finale in Berlin on Thursday.

Perez was forced to quarantine in a Milton Keynes apartment after he contracted the virus following a trip to Mexico.

Racing Point said that Perez had his pre-event test on Wednesday, as did the whole team, and then travelled to Barcelona.

"We are in a constant risk and unfortunately I was the unlucky one to have got it".

A second positive test before last weekend's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix kept Perez on the sidelines, but a test conducted this week that came back with negative results will allow the 30-year-old to return to action at the Circuit de Catalunya. I was trying to keep fit.

Perez was forced to sit out of the British Grand Prix two weeks ago when he delivered a positive COVID-19 test, requiring him to enter the mandatory seven-day quarantine period.

Nico Hulkenberg impressed as a stand-in for Perez. I've definitely missed racing and it was hard to watch from the outside. Racing Point has protested the verdict, but Ferrari and Renault have appealed the verdict in the hope of the team being given harsher sanctions.

"I've put everything out in a video", Perez said. "[There's] nothing really more or to do differently than what I've done and what we are doing already".

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