Nico Hulkenberg made an surprising go back to Formula One on Friday, stepping in at Racing Point after Sergio Perez examined positive for the coronavirus forward of the British Grand Prix on Sunday.
The 32-year-old Hulkenberg misplaced his seat at Renault for this season so was once to be had when Racing Point crew primary Otmar Szafnauer made the decision.
The German was once right away again in motion for the primary time since November, riding in first apply on Friday at Silverstone, the place no lovers are attending due to the pandemic restrictions.
“I was on my way to the Nürburgring for another racing project when the call from Otmar came,” Hulkenberg stated. “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 teammate and I wish him a speedy recovery. I’ll step in and try do the best I can for the team.”
It might be Hulkenberg’s 178th Grand Prix.
“Having to find a replacement for Sergio at short notice is no easy task,” Szafnauer stated, “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.”
Perez believes he picked up the virus on a go back and forth house to Mexico between the Hungarian and British races to seek advice from his mom after she had an twist of fate.
He examined positive for Covid-19 on Thursday and has to pass into isolation which must additionally rule him out of the next weekend’s further race at Silverstone.
“I’m extremely sad — definitely one of the saddest days in my career,” Perez stated. “The amount of preparation we put into this weekend to be 100% ready, I knew I had a great car underneath me, that the team had done a fantastic job.”
Reporting no signs of the virus, Perez stated it was once a reminder how prone everyone seems to be to turning into inflamed.
“After Hungary I took a private plane to Mexico to see my mum for two days because she had a big accident. So as soon as she left hospital I was able to see her,” he stated. “Then I came back to Europe, same way, with all the protocols in place. And I just got it, I don’t know from where.”