Nico Hulkenberg returns to F1 after Sergio Perez tests positive for COVID-19

Sergio Perez


SILVERSTONE, England — Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg will switch Racing Point driver Sergio Perez at this weekend’s British Formulation Just one Grand Prix just after the Mexican was ruled out by a good COVID-19 take a look at consequence.

Hulkenberg, a veteran of 177 grands prix, raced for the crew when they ended up regarded as Drive India. He competed for Renault past season.

“Owning to find a replacement for Sergio at limited observe is no simple activity, but in Nico we have obtained a wonderful supersub who the crew understands pretty well,” claimed crew boss Otmar Szafnauer in a assertion.

“He’s certainly being thrown in at the deep conclude, but he is a rapidly learner and I am certain he will get up to velocity swiftly.”

Hulkenberg, a Le Mans 24 Hours winner who is well known in Formulation Just one for not after standing on the podium in a very long profession that started at Williams in 2010, claimed he had been on his way to the Nürburgring when he obtained the connect with.

“That was considerably less than 24 several hours back, so it feels a bit surreal for me proper now, but I like a great obstacle and this is certainly one,” claimed the 32-calendar year-aged.

“It is definitely a hard scenario for Racing Point and Checo (Perez). He’s a buddy of mine, an aged crew mate and I desire him a fast restoration. I am going to phase in and check out do the finest I can for the crew.”

Perez unveiled on Friday he had returned to Mexico just after the July 19 Hungarian Grand Prix, the past race ahead of the Silverstone double-header, to see his mother who had been injured in an incident.

That appeared to have caught the Canadian-owned crew by surprise, with a spokesman saying on Thursday that Perez had not flown back between races.

Hulkenberg is established to keep in the car or truck for the seventieth Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone, the weekend just after the British Grand Prix.

Perez’s long run at the progressively-aggressive crew is by now on the lookout unsure, in spite of the Mexican owning a deal to 2022, with Ferrari’s 4-time world winner Sebastian Vettel linked to the seat.