Hulkenberg to replace Stroll ahead of F1 Eifel GP qualifying

Hülkenberg replaces Stroll at the F1 Eifel GP
Nico Hülkenberg will contest his third Formula 1 race on the weekend of the season after he was named as a replacement for the Grand Prix of Eifel by Lance Stroll.
On Saturday before the last practice session at the Nürburgring, Racing Point published an update that Stroll would be retired from practice due to illness. The final decision on whether to participate before qualifying has been made.
Hülkenberg, who stood for Sergio Perez after a positive COVID-19 test for the two Silverstone races, was supposed to be on site at the Nürburgring for TV assignments and was again called up by Racing Point.
After Hulkenberg posted a picture of outside the circuit during RP3, he underwent a quick COVID-19 test this morning to gain access to the paddock.
After Hülkenberg received a negative result, he and a Racing Point team member arrived in the paddock at the Nürburgring before going to the team's hospitality unit. He later showed up in a full racing suit and went into the team's garage.
The team officially confirmed that Hulkenberg would replace Stroll in less than an hour by the start of qualifying.
"Nico Hülkenberg will drive for the BWT Racing Point F1 Team at the Eifel Grand Prix this weekend after Lance Stroll was unwell," the team said in a statement.
"Lance wasn't feeling 100% this morning and the team made the decision not to lead him for the rest of the event.
"Nico, who previously represented Sergio Perez at the Silverstone events, already knows the car and the team and was fortunately in nearby Cologne."
Hulkenberg ran out of an F1 seat for the 2020 season after being dropped by Renault late last year to return to replacing Perez with Racing Point for the two Silverstone races.
Hülkenberg replaces Stroll at the F1 Eifel GP
The German driver had previously driven for the Racing Point team in his previous Force India form in 2012 and from 2014 to 2016. He had already gained experience that helped him quickly familiarize himself with the team at Silverstone.
Unable to start the UK Grand Prix due to an engine problem, Hulkenberg qualified third and finished seventh at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix a week later after finishing fourth before a late pit stop.
Hulkenberg is known to speak to other F1 teams about a possible racing seat for 2021 after impressing at Silverstone and representing Perez.
Hulkenberg finished 10th in the last F1 race at the Nürburgring, the 2013 German Grand Prix, when he drove for Sauber.
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