Hulkenberg replaces Pérez

The German will race Racing Point at the British GP and 70th Anniversary GP after the Mexican tested positive for Covid.


Racing Point is moving fast and Nico Hulkenberg will be the pilot to replace Checo Pérez in the British GP and the 70th Anniversary GP next week. In fact, seven days later it is the Spanish GP, so it is logical that the British team has sought a driver with recent experience in Formula 1 to replace the Mexican, whether it be one, two or three races away. The German must wait for the negative result of a PCR test to access Silverstone, but it is possible that he will get into the car from this Friday. He left the World Cup last year, when Renault did not renew him, after 177 grand prizes. Curiously, he would have a great opportunity to correct the statistic that weighs the most on his baggage: he is the driver with the most participations who has never been on the podium.

The previous option to fill the position of Checo was Esteban Gutiérrez, Mercedes reserve. The other substitute for the German team is Stoffel Vandoorne, who is in Berlin with Formula E. But the Mexican has not competed in the championship since 2016 and it is confirmed that for long absences, manufacturers prefer to secure good points rather than resort to the unknown of the reserves. In fact, it wouldn't be a surprise if Hamilton or Bottas couldn't get into the car due to sick leave in some grand prize, it was Williams' George Russell, the replacement.

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