Sergio Perez was the only person to have tested positive for COVID-19 from Formula 1’s latest round of testing ahead of the British Grand Prix.

F1 carried out nearly 4,000 tests for coronavirus in the week leading up to the fourth round of the delayed 2020 world championship and no one other than the Racing Point driver has returned a positive result.

Perez has been ruled out of this weekend’s race at Silverstone, with Nico Hulkenberg acting as stand-in for the Mexican at Racing Point.

“The FIA and Formula 1 can today confirm that between Friday 24th July and Thursday 30th July, 3,909 tests for COVID-19 have been performed on drivers, teams and personnel,” read a joint statement from the FIA and F1. “Of these one person, as previously announced, has tested positive.”

F1 has recorded just three positive cases out of a total of 17,504 tests conducted since the championship started holding its ‘closed event’ races in July.

Five other members of the Racing Point F1 team are currently self-isolating as a precaution after coming into close contact with Perez ahead of the British Grand Prix.

F1’s managing director Ross Brawn warned at the Styrian Grand Prix that the championship could not afford to get complacent over its hygiene protocols and stressed a positive test result was likely at some stage.

Two followed during the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend, before Perez became the first F1 driver to contract the disease after he returned home to Mexico between races to visit his mother who had been injured in an accident.

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.

“Sometimes in Formula 1, we feel we're a bit isolated and we all live in our own bubbles anyway,” he added.

"But I think that when it happens to somebody like Perez, a driver who is affected like that, it's a stark reminder that these procedures are here for a reason.

"The procedures we take as a team and collectively as Formula 1, we do everything that we can to ensure that as little unnecessary contact is made either at the race event, away from the race event, or within the factory.

"It is very difficult, but it's a stark reminder that this thing hasn't gone away yet. It's still out there. We're going to be travelling to countries where there are second waves and peaks that are still bubbling away.

"That's where as a group, as Formula 1, we do need to keep that discipline with the procedures that are in place.

"I think it was handled well, and it's been executed well by the FIA and by the team."

 

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