Sergio Perez’s Racing Level boss believes Method One drivers might now be compelled to remain of their bubbles for the remainder of the season.
Perez, 30, will miss Sunday’s British Grand Prix after he contracted coronavirus following a visit house to see his mom in Mexico.
Perez, who says he’s displaying no signs, can be more likely to be dominated out of subsequent weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone if he’s subjected to 10 days of quarantine. He’s the primary driver to have examined constructive for the sickness.
Thanks everybody in your assist and keep protected! 🙏 pic.twitter.com/9IjDKMaWy3— Sergio Pérez (@SChecoPerez) July 31, 2020The Covid-19 Code of Conduct, drawn up by the FIA, compelled members of F1’s travelling circus to remain inside their so-called bubbles, consisting of three to 4 individuals, in the course of the opening rounds in Austria and Hungary.
However drivers and staff members had been afforded freedom of motion following the Hungarian Grand Prix and forward of the 2 races at Silverstone. There are 13 confirmed races this season, with the plan of including 5 additional rounds and the marketing campaign on account of finish in December within the Center East.
“In hindsight, and hindsight is a superb factor, maybe we should always have a look at altering the Code of Conduct and say you keep inside your bubble for the season,” stated Racing Level staff principal Otmar Szafnauer.
“That’s one thing for the FIA to contemplate and maybe that may change however I don’t assume Sergio did something improper by flying again house to Mexico.
Otmar Szafnauer expects ‘bubble’ guidelines to be tightened (David Davies/PA)“Now we have received no clauses in his contract the place Sergio has to ask permission to return to his household in Mexico.
“It’s not a shock he went again there, that’s what he has achieved while he has been driving for us. We mentioned how he would get there and it was all the time a non-public flight, so there wasn’t a problem with that.”
Nico Hulkenberg has been drafted in to interchange Perez. He arrived at Birmingham Airport at 7pm from Cologne in Germany on Thursday evening earlier than travelling all the way down to Northamptonshire.
Hulkenberg, dropped by Renault final season, returned a damaging Covid-19 take a look at consequence simply 15 minutes earlier than opening follow on Friday, permitting him to take part. So late was the call-up, he even needed to borrow a set of overalls from new Canadian team-mate Lance Stroll.
Large shout-out to the crew trackside at @SilverstoneUK and throughout the street at HQ for getting @HulkHulkenberg out on observe for #FP1 🙌Thanks additionally to the @fia for ensuring all the pieces was accomplished and so as earlier than the session started ⏱️Implausible effort all spherical 🤜🤛 #F1 pic.twitter.com/AXtMbOBMi2— BWT Racing Level F1 Workforce (@RacingPointF1) July 31, 2020Hulkenberg completed ninth of the 20 runners in the course of the first operating, six tenths off Stroll’s tempo.
In a video posted to Twitter earlier on Friday, Perez stated: “I’m extraordinarily unhappy, undoubtedly one of many saddest days in my profession. I’ve no signs in any respect so it simply exhibits how weak all of us are to this virus.
“I adopted all of the directions from FIA, from my staff. After Hungary I took a non-public aircraft to Mexico to see my mum for 2 days as a result of she had a giant accident. In order quickly as she left hospital I used to be in a position to see her.
“Then I got here again to Europe with all the identical protocols in place. And I simply received it, I don’t know from the place.
“These are definitely robust moments for me in the intervening time, however I’m positive I’ll come again stronger from this. I hope to see you quickly at a race observe.”