Racing Point’s Sergio Perez took to social media to explain why he traveled to Mexico between the Hungarian and British Grands Prix. The Mexican clarified that he didn’t break any guidelines and sought prior permission before flying to Mexico.
Yesterday, Perez tested positive for Coronavirus and is currently in self-isolation. As a result, he won’t be racing in Sunday’s British Grand Prix. Perez reflected on the series of events and revealed that he was “extremely sad”.
In a video posted on the Mexican’s Twitter handle, Perez said:
“As you know I tested positive for Covid-19,” said Perez as quoted by F1.com
“I’m extremely sad – definitely one of the saddest days in my career. The amount of preparation we put into this weekend to be 100% ready, I knew I had a great car underneath me, that the team had done a fantastic job.
“I’m really sad that this happened, but it just shows how vulnerable we are all to this virus. I follow all the instructions from FIA, from my team. After Hungary, I took a private plane to Mexico to see my mum for two days because she had a big accident.
“So as soon as she left hospital I was able to see her. Then I came back to Europe, same way, with all the protocols in place. And I just got it, I don’t know from where. I have no symptoms at all.
“So it just shows how vulnerable we are all to this. I want to thank all my fellow drivers for all the support they have given me, my team, the authorities, the fans.
“These are certainly tough moments for me at the moment, but I am sure I will come back stronger from this. Just stay safe, look after yourself, look after your families, and hope to see you soon at a racetrack.”
While Perez is reportedly physically healthy, there’s a strong chance of him missing out on the 70th anniversary Grand Prix next week, in Silverstone.
Former F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg is widely expected to replace Perez at Racing Point for Sunday’s race.