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15 August 2020 12:34

Perez returns to action at the Spanish Grand Prix after sitting out the past two weekends with coronavirus.

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Perez 'back into rhythm quickly' and targeting 'big points' on F1 return at the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix

The 2020 Spanish Grand prix, the sixth race of the delayed Formula One season, which takes place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Montmelo. The Spanish Grand Prix itself takes place on Sunday August 16. The Grand Prix starts at the now customary time of 2.10pm BST. Their qualifying program starts at 1pm, with race coverage on Sunday at 12.30pm. Their qualifying program starts at 6.30pm on Saturday and their race highlights at the same time on Sunday.

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1.18.441 - Daniel Ricciardo, 2018 2018 winner: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes Last weekend's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix threw up a tremendous surprise in Max Verstappen's victory. With the weather forecast in Montmelo this weekend supposed to be similar to Silverstone last week (how about that!) and a track that has fairly similar characteristics (although not quite as high speed), there is a chance of a repeat. Perez has missed the last two races after testing positive to coronavirus before the British Grand Prix, but the Racing Point driver will return to the grid for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix after delivering a negative test result during the week. Every practice, qualifying session and race LIVE. Perez returned to his native Mexico after last month's Hungarian Grand Prix and there were reports he had been sighted dining out at a restaurant and mingling with fans and sponsors.

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Racing Point boss Otmar Szafnauer believes Perez caught coronavirus after returning to Europe, possibly from a private chef. "We think he got it from one of the private chefs that he hired," Szafnauer said. Daniel Ricciardo's former Renault teammate Nico Hulkenberg took Perez's place at Racing Point for the races he missed, but the Mexican is back behind the wheel in Barcelona this weekend. The Spanish Grand Prix is the last race of the second round of triple headers. Following the conclusion of this race, drivers and team crews will get a whole week off to rest and recuperate, before heading to Belgium.

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The trend witnessed in the past two races at Silverstone looks set to continue in Spain as well. Both races at Silverstone saw hot weather conditions and high track temperatures. More tire trouble expected in Spanish F1 Grand Prix despite the usage of harder compounds Last weekend, Pirelli provided the teams with their C2, C3, and C4 tire compounds for the soft, medium and hard tires respectively. This weekend, with the higher track temperatures, the C1, C2, and C3 compounds (soft to hard) will be available for the teams to choose from. Sergio Perez is confident stories linking Sebastian Vettel with a move to Racing Point are just "rumours".

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Perez returns to action at the Spanish Grand Prix after sitting out the past two weekends with coronavirus. Vettel will become a free agent later this year and Racing Point owner Lawrence Stroll is believed to be seriously interested in snapping him up. LATEST LIVE SPORT TV DEALS Get Sky Sports for just £25 per month for 3 months Get BT Sport for HALF PRICE However, Perez insists all the noise inside Racing Point indicates he's going nowhere when Vettel's time at Ferrari comes to an end. "With the rumours of Sebastian, I think there's nothing I can do," said Perez. So I believe it's just a matter of time before those rumours can go away." READ MORE: Sergio Perez breaks silence as Racing Point return confirmed Sergio Perez is confident Sebastian Vettel is not set to take his seat at Racing Point Perez is signed up at Racing Point until the end of the 2022 F1 campaign and would have to be bought out of that contract to be moved on.

"No, not really, given that my position with the team looks quite secure," said Perez. We are fully on this package, and we want to continue as well." Vettel was spotted sharing an elbow bump with Racing Point owner Stroll before the British Grand Prix, which set tongues wagging. He also hitched a ride in team principal Otmar Szafnauer's Ferrari after the first of this month's back-to-back races at Silverstone. LATEST IN F1 Sebastian Vettel warned ahead of Spanish Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton makes Spanish Grand Prix prediction Ferrari and Renault appealing Racing Point penalty Sebastian Vettel will leave Ferrari later this year Sergio Perez thinks Sebastian Vettel will have to look elsewhere for an F1 seat for 2021 Sergio Perez may have missed the last two Grands Prix, but it didn't show on Friday in Spain, as the Racing Point driver finished Free Practice 2 in eighth place, on his first day back in the car since testing positive for Covid-19 at Silverstone. Having been understudied by Nico Hulkenberg at the two Silverstone races, Perez was straight back on it in FP1, ending up seventh in that session, before taking P8 after the qualifying simulations in FP2. "It was great!" said Perez of his day. "I'm very pleased to be back in the paddock, racing, being with my team. I'm looking forward to qualifying, it's a great day, something that I missed. "I thought it would take me some time to get back up to speed after missing two race weekends, but I'm pleased that I was able to get back into the rhythm very quickly," he added.