Sergio Perez: Racing Point driver to return at Spanish Grand Prix after negative Covid-19 test

By Andrew BensonChief F1 writer
Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez finished in the top seven in the opening three races of the season before missing the British Grand Prix and 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

Sergio Perez will return for Racing Point at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix after testing negative for coronavirus.

The 30-year-old Mexican has missed the past two races at Silverstone after contracting Covid-19 last month.

Perez tested positive for the virus after travelling to Mexico, one of the world's coronavirus hotspots, to visit his mother after she had an accident.

He was replaced by German Nico Hulkenberg, who now stands down.

Racing Point said on Thursday that Perez had tested negative for Covid-19 and governing body the FIA had confirmed he could return to the Formula 1 paddock.

He was the first F1 driver to contract coronavirus.

Racing Point have also confirmed they will appeal against their punishment in F1's "copying" controversy.

The team were docked 15 points and fined 400,000 euros (£360,000) for illegally copying Mercedes' 2019 rear brake ducts and using them on their 2020 car.

Racing Point say they are innocent, believing the process they followed complied with the rules dictating that teams must design certain performance-differentiating parts themselves.

Ferrari and Renault have also appealed against the verdict, seeking further clarity on the ramifications that arise from it.

McLaren and Williams decided not to go through with their appeals, but expressed their satisfaction with governing body the FIA's commitment to banning so-called "copycat cars".

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