Sergio Pérez is battling a heavy cold, which could affect his prospects of racing at this weekend's Indian Grand Prix

A decision about Sergio Pérez’s participation in the Indian Grand Prix will be made this morning, after the Sauber driver elected to cancel his media commitments because of illness.

The McLaren-bound Mexican – a three-time podium finisher this season – has been hit with a bad cold, and opted to shorten his commitments on Thursday and return to his hotel for further rest.

His illness is not believed to be serious enough to warrant him being ruled out of proceedings at the Buddh International Circuit, but Sauber – which lies only a handful of points behind Mercedes in the battle for fifth place in the Constructors’ Championship – is making the necessary contingency arrangements just in case.

Should Pérez be too unwell to participate, his seat will be taken by the team’s reserve driver, Esteban Gutiérrez.

Pérez withdrew from last year’s Canadian Grand Prix, still suffering the after-effects of a concussion-inducing accident he had in qualifying at the preceding Monaco Grand Prix.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.