Nico Hülkenberg will again deputise for Sergio Pérez at this weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone after the Mexican recorded a further positive test to the COVID-19 Coronavirus, ruling him ineligible to take part in this weekend’s race.

The 32-year-old German was a sudden stand-in for the team at last weekend’s British Grand Prix, having not driven a Formula 1 car since being dropped from the Renault team’s line-up at the end of the 2019 season.

Despite being less than fully fit, Hülkenberg acquitted himself well and qualified just outside the top-ten.  Unfortunately he was unable to take part in the race when his Mercedes-powered RP20 suffered a clutch failure.

“I’m excited to get going again with the team at Silverstone. Last weekend, it was a real step into the unknown having been away from the team for a few years – and driving a car I’d never driven before,” Hülkenberg said.

“I’ve learned a lot in the last week about the RP20, and I am ready to apply my experiences to this weekend. Racing at the same track again makes things a bit easier and the team has done a great job in helping me get up to speed. I think we can fight for points this weekend, which is definitely my goal. I also want to wish Checo all the best in his recovery.”

Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer added: “Nico did a really strong job last weekend after receiving a last-minute call to drive for us at Silverstone, and he proved why he was an obvious choice to stand in for Checo.

“It was a big shame he couldn’t actually take the start of the race last Sunday, but the all that hard work will prove very useful for this weekend.”

The team confirmed that Pérez will continue to follow the Public Health England guidelines by remaining under quarantine, and that “he is physically well and recovering”.

“We miss having Checo with us, but we wish him well and look forward to welcoming him back into the team in the near future,” Szafnauer added.

Image via BWT Racing Point Formula One Team

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Richard Bailey

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