Nico Hulkenberg will once again be in the Racing Point cockpit for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix after Sergio Perez returned a second positive COVID-19 test.
Perez was forced to sit out last weekend’s British Grand Prix due to testing positive for coronavirus, where he followed the quarantine guidelines and isolated for the required seven days.
It had been unclear as to whether the Mexican would be allowed the race weekend, until it was revealed a negative test result was essential in order to be given the all clear to compete. Racing Point confirmed Perez is “physically well and recovering”.
Hulkenberg was chosen as a last-minute replacement for Perez at Silverstone, where despite not driving since the 2019 finale in Abu Dhabi last December, he got quickly for up to speed with the RP20.
The German qualified P13 but was unable to take the race start on Sunday due to a clutch bolt issue. Ahead of Friday’s first practice session, Racing Point announced Hulkenberg would stand-in for Perez for the second successive race weekend.
“I’m excited to get going again with the team at Silverstone,” Hulkenberg said. “Last weekend, it was a real step into the unknown having been away from the team for a few years – and driving a car I’d never driven before.
“I’ve learned a lot in the last week about the RP20, and I am ready to apply my experiences to this weekend. Racing at the same track again makes things a bit easier and the team has done a great job in helping me get up to speed.
“I think we can fight for points this weekend, which is definitely my goal. I also want to wish Checo all the best in his recovery.”
Team principal Otmar Szafnauer said: “Nico did a really strong job last weekend after receiving a last-minute call to drive for us at Silverstone, and he proved why he was an obvious choice to stand in for Checo.
“It was a big shame he couldn’t actually take the start of the race last Sunday, but all that hard work will prove very useful for this weekend. We miss having Checo with us, but we wish him well and look forward to welcoming him back into the team in the near future.”