Racing Point has confirmed that Nico Hulkenberg will replace Sergio Perez in this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Perez was ruled out of the fourth round of the 2020 F1 world championship after testing positive for COVID-19.
Hulkenberg raced for Racing Point, during its guise as Force India, from 2012 to 2017.
“Having to find a replacement for Sergio at short notice is no easy task, but in Nico we’ve got a fantastic supersub who the team knows very well,” said team boss Otmar Szafnauer.
“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.”
Hulkenberg explained the events that unfolded for him in the past 24 hours.
“I was on my way to the Nürburgring for another racing project when the call from Otmar came,” said the German driver.
“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 team-mate and I wish him a speedy recovery. I’ll step in and try do the best I can for the team!”
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