Perez lashes out over ‘BS’ protection of his COVID take a look at saga
Sergio Perez has criticized what he describes as “bull***t” protection of his constructive COVID-19 take a look at and spell away from racing, saying extra focus ought to be on well being and wellbeing.
Groups and drivers are working in small bubbles which might be meant to isolate the virus if anybody assessments constructive, with the steerage stating they need to comply with a COVID Code of Conduct written by the FIA between back-to-back occasions. Nonetheless, there’s extra freedom when there’s a weekend hole between races and Perez used that point to go to his injured mom in Mexico after the Hungarian Grand Prix. He then examined constructive for COVID-19 forward of the British Grand Prix, however says he was angered by sure studies claiming he had gone to fulfill sponsors and followers whereas again at house.
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“I discovered it very unprofessional, these issues, as a result of it’s a complete lie,” Perez stated. “I went to Mexico for 2 days to see my mother, with all of the precautions in place. I took care of all the things, adopted all the rules that we now have. I mainly was there for 2 days and got here again to Europe.
“After I was in quarantine I noticed all the things, I noticed individuals saying I used to be taking selfies with lots of people, I noticed that I made up the story about my mother — a lot bull***t. So disrespectful. Individuals right here in System 1 are inclined to suppose we’re bulletproof to the virus, and that’s not the case. We’re all very weak to this. Now we have to maintain it.
“I’ve completed nothing in a different way to anybody else on this paddock. I took all of the precautions; it simply occurred to me. It occurred to a different buddy in one other workforce. After I was in quarantine he known as me and stated, ‘Look, I examined constructive too,’ It may well simply occur to anybody. What can not occur is that if tomorrow another person is contaminated that folks make up tales as a substitute of being concerned about their well being.”
Perez additionally clarified that he was in a position to journey to Spain earlier than receiving his newest take a look at outcomes to enter the paddock — based mostly on the steerage from the UK authorities — and says he has misplaced rely of what number of instances he has been examined to be cleared to return.
“I did a take a look at final Thursday in Silverstone. I examined adverse, then constructive, then adverse, then constructive. On daily basis it was fairly troublesome. Now lastly I handle to be adverse.
“As I completed my quarantine within the UK, I used to be free to go. However for System 1 I needed to be adverse. In another sports activities after 10 days they clear you, however each sport is completely different.”