Sergio Perez will not be able to race in this weekend's British Grand Prix at Silverstone after he tested positive for Covid-19.

    The Racing Point driver was absent from the circuit on Thursday after self-isolating following what his team called an "inconclusive" test.

    But after being re-tested later in the day, it was confirmed he had registered positive for the virus.

    "Perez has entered self-quarantine in accordance with the instructions of the relevant public health authorities, and will continue to follow the procedure mandated by those authorities," read a statement issued by Formula 1 and the FIA.

    "With assistance of the local organiser of the British Grand Prix, local health authorities and the FIA COVID-19 delegate, a full track and trace initiative has been undertaken and all close contacts have been quarantined.

    "The procedures set out by the FIA and Formula 1 have provided for swift containment of an incident that will have no wider impact on this weekend’s event."

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    BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Racing Point RP20 Mercedes on
    Perez is currently sixth in the drivers' championship after the first three races

    Formula 1 is following a strict testing regime as part of the safety protocols put in place when racing resumed earlier this month, and this is the first time a driver has tested positive.

    It's understood Racing Point - who confirmed the Mexican driver is "physically well and in good spirits" - intend to still run two car's in this weekend's race, with a revised driver line-up to be announced in due course.

    A team spokesperson earlier confirmed a small group of team members that were in contact with Perez were self-isolating as a precaution and being re-tested, as is standard procedure.