By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief
Racing Point has confirmed Nico Hulkenberg will replace Sergio Perez for this weekend’s British Grand Prix.
The 32-year-old German was called up by his former team after Perez tested positive for COVID-19. The team handled Hulkenberg’s seat fitting overnight at it’s factory near the Silverstone circuit. A blur of a last 24 hours, the focus now turns to his first Formula 1 appearance of the season.
“I was on my way to the Nürburgring for another racing project when the call from Otmar (Szafnauer, team principal of Racing Point) came, said Hulkenberg, a veteran of 177 Grand Prix starts. “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!”
Overall, Szafnauer was elated to get Hulkenberg, who raced for the team from 2014-16, in on such short amount of time.
“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,” said Szafnauer. “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.”