Nico Hulkenberg made an sudden return to Method One on Friday, stepping in at Racing Level after Sergio Perez examined constructive for the coronavirus forward of the British Grand Prix on Sunday.
The 32-year-old Hulkenberg misplaced his seat at Renault for this season so was accessible when Racing Level crew principal Otmar Szafnauer made the decision.
The German was instantly again in motion for the primary time since November, driving in first observe on Friday at Silverstone, the place no followers are attending as a result of pandemic restrictions.
“I used to be on my solution to the Nürburgring for an additional racing mission when the decision from Otmar got here,” Hulkenberg stated. “That was lower than 24 hours in the past, so it feels a bit surreal for me proper now, however I like problem and that is definitely one.
“It’s clearly a tough scenario for Racing Level and Checo. He’s a buddy of mine, an outdated teammate and I want him a speedy restoration. I’ll step in and check out do one of the best I can for the crew.”
It will likely be Hulkenberg’s 178th Grand Prix.
“Having to discover a substitute for Sergio at brief discover is not any simple activity,” Szafnauer stated, “however in Nico we’ve bought a improbable supersub who the crew is aware of very properly. He’s definitely being thrown in on the deep finish, however he’s a quick learner and I’m positive he’ll rise up to hurry rapidly.”
Perez believes he picked up the virus on a visit dwelling to Mexico between the Hungarian and British races to go to his mom after she had an accident.
He examined constructive for Covid-19 on Thursday and has to enter isolation which must also rule him out of the next weekend’s extra race at Silverstone.
“I’m extraordinarily unhappy — undoubtedly one of many saddest days in my profession,” Perez stated. “The quantity of preparation we put into this weekend to be 100% prepared, I knew I had an awesome automotive beneath me, that the crew had completed a improbable job.”
Reporting no signs of the virus, Perez stated it was a reminder how weak everyone seems to be to changing into contaminated.
“After Hungary I took a non-public aircraft to Mexico to see my mum for 2 days as a result of she had a giant accident. In order quickly as she left hospital I used to be in a position to see her,” he stated. “Then I got here again to Europe, similar method, with all of the protocols in place. And I simply bought it, I don’t know from the place.”