Sergio Perez Out of British Grand Prix After Positive COVID Test

  • Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday and will miss this weekend’s British Grand Prix.
  • Perez had the fourth shortest odds to win the race at +2200, behind Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, and Max Verstappen.

SILVERSTONE, U.K. – It only took four races into the youthful Formula 1 season for a high-profile driver to contract COVID-19, and now, Sergio Perez will miss this weekend’s British Grand Prix. The Mexican driver tested positive for the virus on Thursday and has since retreated into self-quarantine along with many of his crewmates and team members that he has been in contact with.

The positive test came out late Thursday afternoon after a previous test had come back “inconclusive."

Sergio “Checo” Perez races for Mercedes-AMG under the Racing Point F1 Team who will now need a new driver to replace Perez for this weekend’s British Grand Prix.

Perez was off to a solid start to the season that saw him in sixth in the standings heading into this week’s race.

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Those betting on Formula 1 will find similar odds that they would in a NASCAR race. However, the new odds for the British Grand Prix were released and are only slightly different following Perez’s unfortunate withdrawal.

Perez opened at +2200 odds to win the race, which was good enough for fourth overall behind Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, and Max Verstappen.

Formula 1 – British Grand Prix – 8/2/20

  • Lewis Hamilton -225
  • Valterri Bottas +300
  • Max Verstappen +600
  • Lance Stroll +2500
  • Alexander Albon +4000
  • Nico Hulkenberg +5000
  • Charles LeClerc +6600
  • Sebastian Vettel +10000
  • Lando Norris +15000
  • Carlos Sainz Jr. +15000
  • Daneil Ricciardo +35000
  • Esteban Ocon +75000
  • Pierre Gasly +100000

While Perez was off to a good start and did have decent betting odds to win, it would still have taken a monumental effort to knock off Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton has won the British Grand Prix a record six times, including victories in five of the last six races.