It will be Nico Hulkenberg to replace in a Racing Point of Sergio Perez, result positive at COVID-19 in the evening yesterday. Hulkenberg, 33 years old next month, was flown yesterday evening at Silverstone to make the seat and thus be able to make his debut already in free practice today. The only thing missing was the negative outcome of the swab, arrived in the morning. The commitment of the German with the scuderia at Silverstone will be of duration of at least two races, given that next week we will be doing the bis in England and the GP of the 70th Anniversary. But Hulkenberg could also be deployed to Barcelona: will depend on everything from stroke recovery to Perez after the completion of the quarantine of ten days imposed by the british government.
The Racing Point, in virtue of his agreement with Mercedes for the supply of the power unit from mercedes-benz, has access to the pilots of the reserve of the Three-Pointed Star, Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Gutierrez. Both discarded for different reasons: the first, the next week he will race with Mercedes in the Formula, while the second, inactive by the end of 2016 in F1, he would have had to travel 300 km to reactivate their superlicense. The choice is then made to Hulkenberg, that in Racing Point know very well, since racing with the team in 2012 and from 2014 to 2016, when it was still called Force India.
It is a decision that makes sense also because Hulkenberg is out of F1 less than a year and knows not only the current Pirelli tyres, but has also driven single-seater fairly recent. And for the German is a golden opportunity, since you’ll end up in the hands of a single-seater is rumored that, the competitive RP20. Pending the decision of the FIA regarding the appeal presented by the Renault, which should be arriving next week, panterona pink continues to prove to be very fast. And Hulkenberg could take advantage of it, pulling a winning paw at that podium that he never reached in his career. So far, I would say.