Hulkenberg returns a second time; Sergio Perez tests positive again

Ruben Hill
August 9, 2020

"I was 99% sure that Nico (Hulkenberg) would be in the vehicle for both Silverstone (races) and now I'm 99% sure that Checo (Perez) will be in the auto for Spain".

Nico Hulkenberg would have been "unlikely" to make it to the end of Formula 1's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix without his late pit stop after suffering severe vibrations.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1, Hulkenberg said he doubts his tyres would have lasted until the end of the race after the vibrations "skyrocketed" in the closing laps.

"Luckily these cars have the headrest quite close, so I could rest my head a lot", Hulkenberg said.

Verstappen said that while the Racing Point auto was undoubtedly quick, Hulkenberg deserved credit for his display, proving he is deserving of a place on the F1 grid.

Perez has been replaced again by German driver Nico Hulkenberg. "They did a very good job over the winter. It's hopefully a great boost".

"He has tested again today and we should have those results tomorrow. But I was very happy for Nico being third".

Ricciardo qualified just behind Hulkenberg and Verstappen in fifth place for Renault, and was also complimentary of his former teamate's performance.

"You never know how it's going with the tests, but if Checo isn't allowed to drive I'm assuming I'm allowed to drive, but we have to see how Checo is doing first, " said Hulkenberg.

"But honestly, hats off to him. We all know the auto is working, but it's not down to the vehicle only".

"I know I have a fast vehicle beneath me", he said.

"He's obviously done a really good job, and to be sitting on the couch for so long, it's not easy".

The German appeared to be in with a chance of catching Charles Leclerc, the Ferrari driver relying on a bold one-stop strategy, but the state of the Racing Point's rear tyres left the team no choice but to call in its super-sub.

Hulkenberg's starting position in a competitive, if controversial vehicle, will give him a chance to end one of the most unwanted records in the sport - as he bids to claim the first podium finish of his career.

"I think we can fight for points this weekend, which is definitely my goal. I think he's done himself no harm, getting up to speed like he has in the last two races".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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