Racing Point’s Sergio Perez tests positive after an inconclusive test
Silverstone: Lewis Hamilton who is on song with two back-to-back wins and is currently competing in his 14th Formula 1 season on his quest for his seventh World Championship Title. Ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix, his home soil, the 35-year old Mercedes driver, made it clear about his seeing himself racing for another three seasons at least.
Hamilton is aiming for his seventh home win at Silverstone this Sunday, and ahead of the race he said having a longer than expected break from racing this year because of the coronavirus pandemic has given him “renewed energy” – that could even extend his career in F1.
However given the fact that the six-time World Champion’s contract with Mercedes expires in 2020, he was asked if he could guarantee his fans he would be back at Silverstone next year, and how long he might keep racing.
“I don’t think you can guarantee anything but I plan to be here for sure,” he said. “That’s definitely the goal and fingers crossed I will be here and we will have fans here next year.”
Speaking further about his future Hamilton said, “Ultimately I want to be able to perform at the level I’m performing at now forever, but obviously there is a point at which physicality and the mental side can tail off, and I don’t know when that’s going to be, but I don’t see that happening in the short term, in the next two or three years, so I’m definitely going to be here hopefully for the foreseeable future.”
Hamilton currently leads the world championship by five points going into his home race and the fourth round of the season. He is on his quest to win his seventh World Championship this year to equal Michael Schumacher’s record.
In an important update from Silverstone, Racing Point’s Sergio Perez will now be unavailable for the British Grand Prix after having tested positive for Coronavirus today.
“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.
Earlier yesterday after an inconclusive test result Perez had gone into self isolation as communicated by the Racing Point team. As per a Racing Point spokesperson, a small group of team members that were in contact with Perez are self-isolating as a precaution and being re-tested, as is the standard procedure.
It’s the first time such a scenario has taken place since the revised 2020 season got underway in Austria in July, though regardless of the re-test outcome the race is expected to go ahead as planned.
It is understood Racing Point have an agreement with Mercedes to have access to their reserve drivers – Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Gutierrez – if required.