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F1: Hulkenberg return: Hulk almost drove for Red Bull!

Hulk almost drove for Red Bull!

Nico Hülkenberg almost drove for Red Bull at the Eifel GP. What is behind this sensational story?

D.he lightning comeback of Nico Hülkenberg in the Racing Point Mercedes ended in eighth place. With this, the German – as a replacement for Lance Stroll, who suffered from stomach problems – collected four important points for Racing Point.
But Dr. Helmut Marko, Head of Motorsport at Red Bull, revealed yesterday in AvD Motorsport Magazine to AUTO BILD reporter Ralf Bach that the 33-year-old almost drove for Red Bull! “We were already in conversation with Hulkenberg on Friday. Albon had an uncertain, undefined corona test result. It could have turned out to be positive. Immediately after landing, I called Hulkenberg. ”

The second test from Albon was clear: He is not sick with CoVid.

Hülkenberg almost drove for Red Bull

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Marko also reveals that it was similar with Alfa Romeo. “The first test result from Antonio Giovinazzi was not clear here. The second result declared the Italian to be healthy. Otherwise Mick Schumacher would have made a surprise GP debut! ”

The number of infections is also increasing in the Formula 1 atmosphere. Two employees at Mercedes were affected at the weekend (more on this HERE).

Red Bull now wants to be better prepared for the worst case scenario. Marko: “We have four drivers and Corona is here. We have to live with that. ”Therefore, substitute driver Sébastien Buemi should come to as many races as possible.

Hülkenberg and Red Bull – that could still be something. If Albon continues to perform as well as at the Nürburgring, he would have the cockpit for 2021. If not, then Red Bull would look for drivers outside of their own driver pool.
Marko: “You can say the names. These are Hülkenberg and Pérez. I don’t think anyone is able to beat Verstappen. The question is, who can be in three tenths of a second? Albon can do that on good days and he’s still young. One thing is also certain: you cannot fight for the title with just one leg. Competitiveness is what matters. But we are not there yet.”

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