It has been nearly 3 years since Nico Hulkenberg left what used to be Force India for the Renault F1 team.
In a shock announcement that Sergio Perez tested positive for COVID 19, it meant that he could not take part in this weekends Grand Prix at Silverstone, the home of Formula 1. With not much notice, The Hulk jumped on a plane to be suited and booted for a brief return back in the BWT Racing point car after a phone call from Otmar Szafnauer. Nico commented:
“It’s been a really special last 24 hours. At 4.30pm yesterday, I took the call from Otmar and got on the plane. I arrived at the factory and had my seat fit until 2am. I got in the simulator at 8am this morning and had some useful prep work. I want to thank the team for their amazing work to get me into the car today, and the FIA for their help with the superlicence and turning it around so quickly. The main positive today is that we completed our programme and that I completed plenty of laps. It was a jump into the deep end, but I was able to see the potential of the car – even if I feel like I could have got more out of the soft tyre today. It’s been great to work with some old faces again and that’s been a help in getting up to speed too. I’m looking forward to working with everyone tonight to make sure we extract everything from the car tomorrow.”
While we are all wishing Sergio a speedy recovery i think we are all eager to see Nico in a competitive car and hopefully on the podium this weekend.