Nico Hulkenberg is back!! The start to the 2020 Formula 1 season was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as a result the FIA decided to cancel many races and postpone others. Some new circuits were added and some current circuits returned to Formula 1. The 2020 Formula 1 season finally started off in Austria with the season’s first race in Spielberg followed by the Styrian Grand Prix and the Hungarian Grand Prix.
After an impressive performance by Racing Point in the first three races of the season, Racing Point are flying at fourth position in the constructor’s table, just one point behind the McLaren and 13 points ahead of Ferrari. Both the drivers Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez were in a great form but on Thursday, before the British Grand Prix, Sergio Perez tested positive for coronavirus. He was absent from the circuit after self-isolating due to his inconclusive COVID-19 test. Later, after re-testing, it was confirmed that he was positive for the coronavirus. He is out of the British Grand Prix and is self isolating according to the FIA terms.
Sergio Perez is possibly out of both the British Grand Prix. Hence, Nico Hulkenberg is back in Formula 1 and set to replace Sergio Perez. Before appointing Nico Hulkenberg the Racing Point team looked towards their reserve drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Gutierrez as replacements.
Nico Hulkenberg makes a comeback
Nico Hulkenberg made his Formula 1 return just after his contract was terminated for Renault the previous season. He has never stood on a Formula 1 podium in his career so far. Despite being a very talented driver, he never got the opportunity to showcase his talent. However, looking at Racing Point’s car for this season and their current form, it is a great opportunity for him to try and get a podium finish.
After announcing Nico’s return in Formula 1 for British Grand Prix on Friday, Free Practice 1 started off. Everyone’s eyes were on him in his pink Racing Point.
He managed to finish ninth fastest in FP1 with 1.170s behind the leader Max Verstappen in his Red Bull. His teammate was impressive in both the practices as Lance Stroll manages to finish third fastest in FP1. Later, in FP2 he did impressive and lapped the fastest lap of the practice session. Nico Hulkenberg also improved his place and was seventh fastest and 0.636s behind his teammate.
It will be very interesting to watch the Qualifier on Saturday and the Race on Sunday. Will Nico Hulkenberg finally get his first podium of his career for Racing Point at Silverstone? Or will his return end in disappointment for both him and Racing Point?