Crazy! First coffee, then cockpit
Nico Hülkenberg was supposed to be commenting on RTL, but then did qualifying for Racing Point.
For Hülkenberg this started a race against time. “I was in Cologne, which is about an hour away from here, and I was sitting with a friend over a coffee and saw Otmar (Racing Point team boss Szafnauer, the editor) calling and saying:“ Nico Hurry up, we need you here. ”Then I got into the car and drove off. I had to think for a moment because, unlike at Silverstone, I had to get into the car completely unprepared. But in the end I am a racing driver and immediately set off. “
Hülkenberg can contest his 3rd race of the season
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At 1:34 p.m. he entered the paddock. 86 minutes before the start of qualifying. Everything had to be done in a hurry. Only today’s Sky expert Paul di Resta had experienced something similar. In 2017 he had to replace Felipe Massa at Williams at short notice. In contrast to the German, the Scot had already been to the racetrack the days before.
In any case, the man from Emmerich has not lost his sense of humor, because his prognoses for the GP of the Eifel sounded like this on TV: “Anything other than a victory would be a big disappointment,” he grinned at the perplexed reporter.
His counterpart at Sky joined him: “I probably wouldn’t have done that to myself,” said Ralf Schumacher, “he has the best possible job due to the circumstances. If he had been right away at the times of his colleagues, they would have been too all overpaid. ” The six-time GP winner also had to consider: “For Vandoorne, this decision was like a blow in the stomach. What do you have a substitute driver for if you don’t use him? “