Nico Hulkenberg has been confirmed to race for Racing Point for the subsequent two weekends – the British GP and the 70th Anniversary GP – each of which can be held on the Silverstone Circuit within the UK. The German fills in for Sergio Perez who was examined optimistic for COVID-19.
Nico Hulkenberg can be returning to Formula 1 for the British Grand Prix this weekend. The German driver is filling in for Sergio Perez at Racing Point after the Mexican was confirmed to be contaminated by the COVID-19 virus. The group was mentioned to be taking a name on the substitute driver after Perez examined optimistic on Thursday. The driver has beforehand labored with the group, then generally known as Force India, in 2012 and later between 2014 and 2016. Other drivers that had been reportedly in competition for the seat had been Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Gutierrez. Hulkenberg has been confirmed to drive for Racing Point for the British GP this weekend and the subsequent weekend’s 70th Anniversary GP, each being held on the Silverstone Circuit within the UK.
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Speaking about his return to F1 and Racing Point, Nico Hulkenberg mentioned, “I was on my way to the Nurburgring for another racing project when the call from Otmar came. That was less than 24 hours ago, so it feels a bit surreal for me right now, but I like a good challenge and this is certainly one. It’s obviously a difficult situation for Racing Point and Checo. He’s a buddy of mine, an old team-mate and I wish him a speedy recovery. I’ll step in and try do the best I can for the team!”
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Otmar Szafnauer, Racing Point Team Principal, added, “Having to find a replacement for Sergio at short notice is no easy task, but in Nico we’ve got a fantastic supersub who the team knows very well. He’s certainly being thrown in at the deep end, but he’s a fast learner and I’m sure he will get up to speed quickly.”
Hulkenberg additionally accomplished the follow classes at the moment with the crew working double-time to make the automotive prepared for its new driver. The 32-year-old additionally needed to have his coronavirus take a look at accomplished outdoors the circuit earlier than the follow session started earlier at the moment at 11 am (native time). The final time he was strapped in an F1 automotive was for the Abu Dhabi GP season finale final yr.
Speaking to the media in the course of the follow session, Szafnauer mentioned, “Stoffel is racing in Germany so he couldn’t be here and Nico knows the team a lot more than Esteban does. In that short period of time that we had between learning Checo couldn’t drive and someone driving, we had one day. It was key to get someone who understands the team, Nico has been with us a long time, so he knows the engineers, he’s been in our simulator before, he knows how we operate, and that’s going to be key to getting up to speed. It was a lot to do in a little bit of time. We had the definitive result at 2.20 pm (local time) yesterday. So from that point on, we had to find a) Hulkenberg, b) get him to agree to do this – which wasn’t that difficult. I think he was keen.”
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After his stint with Racing Point, Hulkenberg joined Renault in 2017 and drove for the group until 2019. He left F1 on the finish of final season after failing to safe a drive with different groups on the grid. That mentioned, the driving force all the time maintained that it wasn’t the top of his F1 profession. He was anticipated to return to F1 with Renault in 2021 however the manufacturing unit group determined to deliver former world champion Fernando Alonso as an alternative.
Hulkenberg’s stunning return to F1 additionally presents a possibility for the driving force to entice groups for a drive subsequent season. The Racing Point automotive has proven potential, sufficient for a Hulkenberg to push it for a podium end.