Nico Hulkenberg will replace Lance Stroll for the remainder of the Eifel Grand Prix weekend following the Canadian missing morning practice through illness.
Stroll was noticeably absent as the third and final practice session began on Saturday morning, leading to Racing Point to announce he would miss FP3 as he “wasn’t feeling 100%”.
The Silverstone-based outfit said a decision on whether Stroll would be fit to drive in qualifying would be taken prior to the one-hour session.
Hulkenberg has already been drafted in as a super-sub this season, deputising for Sergio Perez at both Silverstone races when the Mexican tested positive for COVID-19.
Having undergone a mandatory COVID-19 test that came back negative, Hulkenberg arrived in the paddock before heading to the team’s hospitality unit.
The German was spotted wearing a full-race suit before going into the Racing Point garage. It will mark his third appearance of the 2020 season despite having no drive.
Hulkenberg performed admirably during both Silverstone events, in spite of jumping into the car without any knowledge of the RP20 after half-a-year on the sidelines.
A power unit issue saw him forced to sit out of the British Grand Prix, but he qualified third and finished seventh at the following week’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.
Hulkenberg was among seven other drivers on the grid to race at the Nurburgring during Formula 1’s last visit in 2013, finishing 10th for Sauber.