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Hulkenberg Replaces Perez at Racing Point for British GP

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.”

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.