Nico Hulkenberg Replaces Unwell Stroll At Nürburgring.
Racing Point have announced that Nico Hülkenberg will stand in for Lance Stroll for the remainder of Eifel Grand Prix weekend.
— Formula 1 (@F1) October 10, 2020
Prior to the only practice session of the weekend, it was announced that Canadian native Stroll would be forced to sit out FP3 due to an undisclosed illness.
Racing Point released a statement that Stroll was physically “not feeling 100%” therefore would not participate in FP3.
Hülkenberg was then called upon by Racing Point, arriving at the track from Colonge around two hours before qualifying.
Being officially confirmed by the team to replace Stroll an hour later.
“Nico Hülkenberg will drive for the BWT Racing Point F1 Team in this weekend’s Eifel Grand Prix after Lance Stroll was taken unwell.
Lance did not feel 100% this morning and the team took the decision not to run him for the rest of the event.”
Third Times A Charm?
Racing Point’s designated reserve driver has already stood in for the team at Silverstone earlier this year.
Where he replaced Sergio Pérez who was isolating after testing positive for corona virus, talking Pérez’s place for both Silverstone weekends.
After failing to start the first of two races in Britain, Hülkenberg went onto finish in seventh at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix a week later.
Hülkenberg spent nine seasons in Formula One, including a four year stint with Racing Point before losing his seat at Renault to Esteban Ocon.
‘The Hulk’ will be hoping he can take advantage of the new RP20’s upgrade package.
As limited practice and relevant data on the Nürburgring due to F1’s seven year absence from the track, poses a major opportunity for Hulkenberg to prove his worth to the grid.
Despite his racing pedigree, Hülkenberg has never stood on a Formula One podium, this weekend may be his best chance yet.