Sergio Perez attends a press conference ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend, in Barcelona, Spain, August 13 2020. Picture: FIA/XPBIMAGES
Sergio Perez attends a press conference ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend, in Barcelona, Spain, August 13 2020. Picture: FIA/XPBIMAGES

Racing Point’s Sergio Perez will race in Spain this weekend after his latest Covid-19 test was negative, the Formula One team says.

The Mexican missed the previous two grands prix at Britain’s Silverstone circuit after contracting the virus.

“Checo [Perez] tested negative for Covid-19 and the FIA have confirmed he can enter the paddock today and compete this weekend,” the team said at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona.

Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg has been filling in for Perez, qualifying third and finishing seventh in last weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

Perez tested positive before the British Grand Prix after returning to Mexico to see his mother who had been in hospital after an accident.

Sunday’s race, like the five before it this season, is being held without spectators and under strict health conditions with teams operating in separate “bubbles”.

Racing Point are fifth in the championship despite being docked 15 points by race stewards after Renault protested about the team’s 2020 car. The row is now set to go to motor racing governing body FIA’s court of appeal.

Reuters

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