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

Sergio Perez   SILVERSTONE, England — Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg will change Racing Place driver Sergio…

Sergio Perez


SILVERSTONE, England — Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg will change Racing Place driver Sergio Perez at this weekend’s British Components Just one Grand Prix just after the Mexican was dominated out by a good COVID-19 examination consequence.

Hulkenberg, a veteran of 177 grands prix, raced for the team when they were being regarded as Force India. He competed for Renault final period.

“Obtaining to find a replacement for Sergio at shorter notice is no easy process, but in Nico we have acquired a great supersub who the team is familiar with quite perfectly,” mentioned team boss Otmar Szafnauer in a statement.

“He’s definitely being thrown in at the deep finish, but he’s a rapid learner and I am sure he will get up to velocity immediately.”

Hulkenberg, a Le Mans 24 Hours winner who is famed in Components Just one for not once standing on the podium in a prolonged vocation that commenced at Williams in 2010, mentioned he experienced been on his way to the Nürburgring when he acquired the connect with.

“That was considerably less than 24 hours in the past, so it feels a little bit surreal for me suitable now, but I like a fantastic problem and this is definitely 1,” mentioned the 32-12 months-outdated.

“It can be naturally a complicated problem for Racing Place and Checo (Perez). He’s a buddy of mine, an outdated team mate and I want him a speedy restoration. I am going to move in and check out do the finest I can for the team.”

Perez discovered on Friday he experienced returned to Mexico just after the July 19 Hungarian Grand Prix, the final race in advance of the Silverstone double-header, to see his mom who experienced been wounded in an accident.

That appeared to have caught the Canadian-owned team by shock, with a spokesman stating on Thursday that Perez experienced not flown back again involving races.

Hulkenberg is set to continue to be in the motor vehicle for the seventieth Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone, the weekend just after the British Grand Prix.

Perez’s long term at the more and more-competitive team is presently on the lookout unsure, irrespective of the Mexican acquiring a deal to 2022, with Ferrari’s 4-time globe winner Sebastian Vettel linked to the seat.