Sergio Perez F1's only positive COVID-19 case before British GP

Perez isolating due to inconclusive COVID test result	
				Glenn Dunbar  Motorsport Images

Perez isolating due to inconclusive COVID test result Glenn Dunbar Motorsport Images

The German driver, without a full-time seat after he was dropped by Renault previous year, takes over from Perez after he returned a positive Covid-19 test.

Racing Point driver Sergio Perez of Mexico steers his vehicle during the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring racetrack in Mogyorod, Hungary, Sunday, July 19, 2020.

The sport had reported only two positive results, neither involving people who attended races, from more than 15,000 tests carried out from June 26 to July 23. "The amount of preparation we put into this weekend to be 100% ready, I knew I had a great vehicle underneath me, that the team had done a fantastic job".

However, German Hulkenberg has not yet been confirmed for next weekend's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

Reporting no symptoms of the virus, Perez said it was a reminder how vulnerable everyone is to becoming infected.

"Great effort by the team, I want to thank the team also, the night shift guys have done a great job to fit me in the auto and even quite comfortably, and the FIA for turning it around so fast on the super license".

"I want to thank my fellow drivers for all the support they have given me, my team, the authorities, the fans, it is a tough moment for me at the moment but I'm sure I will come back stronger from this".

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"At 4:30pm yesterday afternoon I got the call, got the plane here, seat fitted until 2am tonight, 8am this morning into the simulator for an hour, bit of prep work".

Hulkenberg, a Le Mans 24 Hours victor who is famous in Formula One for not once standing on the podium in a long career that started at Williams in 2010, said he had been on his way to the Nuerburgring when he got the call.

"Having to find a replacement for Sergio at short notice is no easy task", Szafnauer said, "but in Nico we've got a fantastic supersub who the team knows very well".

Hulkenberg said: "I was on my way to the Nurburgring for another racing project when the call from Otmar came".

Racing Point does have an agreement in place with Mercedes to use their reserve drivers should the need to replace their usual race drivers emerge. He's a buddy of mine, an old teammate and I wish him a speedy recovery.

Hulkenberg is set to stay in the auto for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone, the weekend after the British Grand Prix.

Hulkenberg is expected to continue for the team as long as Perez is out, but they were not able to confirm that on Friday.

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