Sergio Perez completes quarantine, could make F1 return at Silverstone

Sergio Perez completes quarantine, could make F1 return at Silverstone

Having previously been part of the "Team Silverstone" family in various stints as a test and race driver between 2011-2016, Nico reintegrated himself seamlessly.

Racing Point say Perez's participation will only be confirmed should he test negative for COVID-19 on Thursday, which he needs to be able to enter the paddock.

Perez travelled to Mexico between the Hungarian and British Grands Prix to visit his mother in hospital, but said he remained within the guidelines and protocols set out by the FIA.

On the prospect of a 2021 seat, Hulkenberg said: "To be frank I've been in contract with quite a few people from the Formula 1 industry and a few team principals because obviously we all know each other".

He will continue to follow the guidance of Public Health England.

Meanwhile, Perez had been ruled out of the fourth race of the season after his second virus test produced a positive result.

"I am ready to apply my experiences to this weekend". It was always clear that once he's good to race again he'll come back, and I'll step aside again.

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"I think we can fight for points this weekend, which is definitely my goal".

Hulkenberg was a last-minute call-up for Racing Point last weekend, although despite impressing in practice and qualifying, didn't get to race after his auto failed to fire up in the garage. "I also want to wish Checo all the best in his recovery".

The German, a Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar victor, has never made it as far as the F1 podium in 177 starts but is stepping into a pink Mercedes-lookalike auto capable of challenging the top teams.

And team boss, Otmar Szafnauer, added: "Nico did a really strong job last weekend after receiving a last-minute call to drive for us at Silverstone, and he proved why he was an obvious choice to stand in for Checo".

Perez first tested positive at Silverstone last week.

It was a shame he couldn't run on Sunday, but all the work he did will be very helpful this weekend.

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