Unpleasant news from the paddock of Formula 1. On Thursday evening, the Mexican pilot “racing point” Sergio Perez was confirmed as a coronavirus. Mexican first test gave an ambiguous result, but the second confirmed that the racer is sick and must go to the isolation. Did the same a few employees “racing point”, which is in contact with the pilot recently. The team reported that it continues to intend to participate in the Grand Prix of great Britain on the Silverstone racing circuit in England two machines. It remains to be seen who will replace Perez. The main contender — the reserve pilot Mercedes, CECO compatriot Esteban Gutierrez. All the rumors about replacing Sergio, and reaction formulicheskimi community within our live text coverage.
31 Jul 2020
In FIA said that probably officially replace Perez will be announced Friday morning. Considering force majeure, the Federation obstruct will not and will make amendments to the application for the Grand Prix.
30 Jul 2020
Hulkenberg already at Silverstone!
According to the Italian edition of Motorsport, Nico Hulkenberg already immediately flew to England and arrived at the base of the “racing point”, where he is preparing a racing chair.
Meanwhile, a funny moment with Hulkenberg. All the same Chris Medland writes: “Imagine that Nico will take the podium, and then Renault will win the protest and get it!”
Journalist Naomi de Miguel: “Now CECO in the motorhome at Silverstone waiting to be transported with all relevant measures where he will be able to continue the isolation. His physical therapist and assistant (both tested negative) in the same situation”.
Recall the recent words of max Verstappen…
Journalist Chris Medland explains complicated than the variant with a temporary transition of Russell (not even taking into account the understandable reluctance “Williams”): “I See it less likely, in part due to “bubbles” inside f-1″.
Antonio Felix da Costa, meanwhile, briefly answered the question of who should replace Perez: “the HULK!”
But, of course, all the fans would like to see in “racing point” not Hulkenberg, Gutierrez or Russell, and great was Ragunatana.
Perez will miss two races?
Write that Peres will hold in isolation 10 days after a positive test. Apparently, Sergio will miss the second Grand Prix in Silverstone, because in the best case, his quarantine will end only on Sunday, July 9.
But in the “Twitter” note: formally the Gutierrez no superlicense to control the race car f-1 since he last sat behind the wheel in 2016. He needed to drive 300 km, which is unrealistic. However, we believe the FIA is able to make an exception.
Meanwhile, the journalist, Fox Sports, Luis Manuel Lopez some time wrote that Gutierrez allegedly rushed back from London to Silverstone…
Source: Hulkenberg was the main candidate to replace!
Hearing from Motorsport. According to the publication, in the “racing point” I would like to use the services of Nico Hulkenberg. It is a preferred choice for the team. Not surprising, given that the German contractually free, fast and experienced and played for the team from Silverstone in 2012, and 2014-2016. But Nico still need to be tested for coronavirus and to decide all matters under the contract.
Felipe Dragovich of Formula 2 is also jokingly asked in the “racing point”, but MP Motorsport reminded that it is not free)
The IndyCar racer Alexander Rossi: “Hey, “racing point”, and I know well the Silverstone…”
Andrew Benson from the BBC: “If we talk about replacements, this weekend Esteban Gutierrez, the reserve pilot “Mercedes”, which shares the racers from “racing point”. Stoffel Vandorn unavailable. But the obvious candidate — Nico Hulkenberg — fast, skilled, they know him well, and were in f-1 recent than Gutierrez”.
Joe Saward and his opinion about the possible replacement of Cheko: “What would you do in place of “racing point”? I would take the fastest of the available guys from the camp “Mercedes”. Take George. And “Williams” there’s a lot of backup racers”.
Guido van der garde is not far behind. Wishing health Perez, wrote “racing point” in “Twitter” that he was ready to go to London on the first flight.
Kamui Kobayashi joked: “No problem, has to warm up the neck.”
The Statement “Racing Point”
An official statement from the “racing point”: “Sergio is in good physical condition and mood, but will continue the regime of self-isolation in accordance with the requirements of the authorities. The whole team wants Sergio to get better and looking forward to his return to the cockpit of the RP20. Our intention is to race Sunday with two cars. We will report on our next steps regarding the Grand Prix of great Britain at the time”.