During his quarantine, Sergio Pérez was quite annoyed by rumors in the media about his visit to Mexico. The Racing Point driver, who will make his comeback in the Grand Prix of Spain this weekend, is said to have been in his native country for sponsorship deals, among other things, according to various media.
Pérez traveled with a private jet to Mexico in the middle of last month after the Hungarian Grand Prix. He says he was there to visit his mother, who was recovering from a serious accident. However, according to some media outlets, he met with sponsors and fans.
He pressed those rumors into conversation with on Thursday Motorsport.com right away. “It’s a complete lie,” he grumbled. “I went to Mexico for two days to see my mother, with all the necessary precautions. I followed all guidelines.”
The thirty-year-old Mexican tested positive for the corona virus two weeks ago and had to miss the Grand Prix of Great Britain. Last week it turned out that he still had the virus, which meant he also had to drop the second race at Silverstone.
“When I was in quarantine, I saw everything pass by. I read that people said I took a lot of selfies with people and I made up the story about my mother. So much nonsense and so disrespectful.”
Sergio Pérez in conversation with teammate Lance Stroll at the Barcelona circuit. (Photo: Pro Shots)
‘I can do what I love again’
On Thursday, Pérez was allowed to take action in the Spanish Grand Prix after testing negative for the corona virus. He can’t wait to get back into action. “I’m happy to be back with my team and get rid of the virus. I can do what I love again,” he said at the forward-looking press conference.
He said he had not been very ill. “I had a headache and was quite tired for one or two days. I was lucky in that respect. Unfortunately I couldn’t leave my room, but I tried to stay fit.”
In the meantime, Pérez stayed in Milton Keynes, where he watched both races at Silverstone on television. “It had been a long time since I had seen a race on television. It was very boring to see it from the sidelines. Fortunately the second race was more entertaining than the first because of the tires,” he concluded.
The Grand Prix of Spain starts on Sunday at 3.10 p.m. Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton is the defending champion at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, where Max Verstappen finished third last year.
Start times GP Spain
- First training: Friday 11 am
- Second training: Friday 3 p.m.
- Third training: Saturday noon
- Qualifying: Saturday 3 p.m.
- Race: Sunday 3.10 p.m.