Perez traveled to Mexico with a private jet after the previous race two weeks ago in Hungary to see his mother. She was recovering from a serious accident.
Perez then returned to Europe, observing all protocols, he assures. “And suddenly I had it. I really don’t know how I got it. I also have no symptoms. It shows how vulnerable we all are to this virus. ”
Perez has now started his self-isolation period, which, in accordance with the British guidelines, lasts ten days. That means he’ll probably miss next week’s race at Silverstone too. Nico Hülkenberg is in any case his replacement this weekend.
From a sporting point of view, the positive test for Perez comes at a bad time. The Racing Point car, a copy of the 2019 Mercedes car, is the surprise of the field this early season.
Perez thought he could score, especially at Silverstone. The track has been considered a real Mercedes track for years. Mercedes has won six times at Silverstone since 2013. Five of those victories were won by Lewis Hamilton.
“I am extremely sad. This is certainly one of the saddest days of my career. I was extremely well prepared for this weekend, because I knew I would have a great car under my butt. This is a terrible moment, but I am sure I will return stronger. ”