Nico Hulkenberg Confirmed to Replace Lance Stroll for Eifel Grand Prix
Nico Hulkenberg makes his second return in the 2020 season.
Following the news this morning that Lance Stroll wasn't feeling 100% well, Racing Point decided to take the precaution of getting the Canadian tested - just in case he had contracted COVID-19. If the test returns positive, this will be the second time that a Racing Point driver has tested positive for coronavirus in 2020; with the previous time being Sergio Perez at the British Grand Prix.
At the British Grand Prix and the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix; Nico Hulkenberg made a surprise return to the Formula One paddock to drive in place of a self-isolating Sergio Perez. The ex-Force India driver struggled during the first weekend with neck strain as he hadn't been training for the 2020 season (due to not having a seat), but the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix saw him struggle a little less with the high G-forces on his neck. It looks like Hulkenberg may struggle again this weekend if he hasn't been training in recent months.
Nico Hulkenberg's overall performance at the British Grand Prix was very impressive; with a 13th-place qualifying session in his first weekend back since the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Sadly, an engine issue would end Nico's race before it had even begun, be he still had the opportunity to race at the Silverstone circuit the following weekend. The German put his car in an impressive P3 during qualifying, and finished in seventh place during the race - an impressive result that Racing Point were thrilled with.
Thankfully for him, Hulkenberg has raced at the Nürburgring before, finishing in tenth place at the 2013 German Grand Prix for Sauber - which was actually the last race that has been held at the circuit. This will give him a slight advantage over the other drivers, as over half of the current grid's drivers have never raced at the Nürburgring circuit before, according to F1.
The Eifel Grand Prix weekend has been a peculiar one, with both of Friday's practice sessions being cancelled due to an intense fog that would prevent the medical helicopter flying safely to a hospital if it were needed. The Nürburgring circuit has dried out overnight and the third practice session has been completed, but whether tomorrow's race will remain dry is a mystery for now. What do you think of Nico Hulkenberg's second return in the 2020 season? Be sure to let me know in the comments below! We would also like to wish Lance Stroll all the best, and hope he gets better soon.
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