The German did not learn until Thursday afternoon that Racing Point was asking him to replace the Mexican, who had become the first F1 driver to test positive for COVID-19.
After finishing in the top 10 of the three practice sessions, Hulkenberg qualified in 13th place at Silverstone. But about 30 minutes before the start of the race, it emerged that there was a problem with the car that prevented Hulkenberg from making it to the grid.
BREAKDOWN: Nico Hulkenberg is out of the British Grand Prix and will not start Sunday’s race due to a problem with his # BritishGP 🇬🇧 # F1 car pic.twitter.com/vIYEgHXmiL
– Formula 1 (@ F1) August 2, 2020
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Reports initially suggested he could start from the pit lane if the problem could be fixed. However, just over 10 minutes before the green flag was waved for the parade tour, news filtered through that period had expired and Hulkenberg was out of the account.
Sky Sports reported during the race that Racing Point informed them that the power unit in Hulkenberg’s car could not be turned on.
However, all may not be lost for Hulkenberg. It seems increasingly likely that he will have another chance to drive at Silverstone in next weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, with Perez having to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of his positive test. , although this has not yet been confirmed.
Kevin Magnussen quickly joined the Hulk on the sidelines, whose Haas collided with Alex Albon’s Red Bull and broke away, knocking out the safety car under the direction of Lewis Hamilton of his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.
A car on the left then, @lance_stroll it’s your turn to shine!
British #BritishGP # F1
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