Racing Point: No July 31 exit clause date in Perez contract

These are the possible replacements for Sergio Perez in British Grand Prix

Formula One driver Sergio Perez is out of Sunday's British Grand Prix after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Sergio Perez is now self-isolating after returning an "inconclusive" coronavirus test ahead of the British GP.

With confirmation that grands prix would not be canned in the event of a positive test teams therefore needed standbys at the ready.

"If it is certain he is out for two then Nico will drive at both races", confirmed Szafnauer.

"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. "It shows how vulnerable we all are for this".

In a video message on Twitter, Perez said he had taken a private plane home to see his mother for two days after she suffered an accident. I knew I had a great auto underneath me, and the team has done a fantastic job.

"They're working from the factory, they haven't come into the paddock, but my anticipation is they will be negative again and then we'll make a decision on whether they should come into the paddock".

"I tried to take it step by step today, to get up to speed with the vehicle and understand it".

Racing Point, as with McLaren, was able to call upon Mercedes reserve drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Gutierrez.

HĂĽlkenberg spent the past three seasons driving for Renault's works team, but was left without a drive after losing his seat to Esteban Ocon this year.

"In a bid to minimise disruption and ensure the best possible chance of building upon the team's strong start to the 2020 campaign, Nico's familiarity with the team will prove invaluable".

Perez said the positive test was a hard thing to stomach given the competitiveness of Racing Point's 2020 auto.

First and foremost Perez's health is the most important aspect, and everyone wishes him a speedy and full recovery.

He added his thanks to the Racing Point team for their part in his swift preparation for the unexpected call-up.

Isolation requirements for people who have coronavirus mean Perez will certainly miss the 70th Anniversary GP next weekend, and possibly the Spanish Grand Prix a week later.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said on Friday that Perez's positive COVID-19 test was a "stark reminder" to F1 of the risks it still faces around the world.

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