In early August, Nico Hülkenberg replaced Racing Point driver Sergio Perez after failing due to a corona infection. Now the German is back in the breach for the racing team.
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Nico Hülkenberg celebrates another unexpected comeback in Formula 1. The German replaces the Canadian in the home race at the Nürburgring. The 33-year-old announced this before qualifying started on Saturday. A few minutes later, Formula 1 confirmed its comeback.
The reason for Hülkenberg’s spontaneous participation: Lance Stroll, Racing-Point’s regular driver, “did not feel 100% well,” said his Racing-Point team during the second practice session.
Hülkenberg already put into use in August
At the two races at Silverstone in early August, Stroll’s Mexican teammate Sergio Perez (corona infection) was replaced by Nico Hülkenberg from Emmerich. On Saturday afternoon, he posted a photo of his private car on the track on Instagram, with the characteristic roller coaster at the Nürburgring in the background.
Meanwhile, Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time in the third free practice session during the still curious Formula 1 weekend at the Nürburgring. After the 20 race cars were not allowed to drive a meter through fog on Friday, the Finn relegated his teammate Lewis Hamilton to second place with 0.136 seconds in 1: 26.225 minutes.
Schumacher’s dream erupted on Friday
World champion Hamilton has his 91st victory in the Grand Prix of the Eifel and with that the record of Michael Schumacher. Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim) took a respectable fifth place (+0.813) in the Ferrari.
It was already curious on Friday: the clock dropped from 90 minutes to twice 0 minutes, but the pit lane remained closed during the two practices because the rescue helicopter was not allowed to take off. That is why Mick Schumacher did not come to his first training assignment in Formula 1, the Formula 2 leader should have driven an Alfa Romeo.
On Saturday, the son of record world champion Michael Schumacher followed the events at the Alfa command post. The 21-year-old stays with the team all weekend and wants to soak up everything: “I can participate in meetings, get to know the inner workings of Alfa. I want to get as much input as possible.”