Formula 1: Pérez with Coronavirus: Hülkenberg as a Pérez replacement?

Hülkenberg as a replacement for Pérez?

Sergio Pérez has tested positive for the corona virus. Now he drops out for the UK GP. Who will replace the Mexican?

Dhe Formula 1 has its first corona case: Sergio Pérez has tested positive for the corona virus. Now the Mexican has to be in quarantine and is missing from the Great Britain GP. He was already absent from the press conference today after an initial test did not produce clear results. The second test was positive.

In a Formula 1 release, it said: “After today’s announcement that Sergio Perez of the Racing Point team at Silverstone had an ambiguous test result for COVID-19 before the British Grand Prix, the FIA ​​and Formula 1 can now confirm that the result of his re-test is positive. Perez has entered self-quarantine according to the instructions of the relevant health authorities and will continue to follow the procedure prescribed by these authorities. ”

Closer contacts were also placed in quarantine.

Sergio Pérez cannot drive in Silverstone

The most important thing is: Pérez is currently in good health. His Team Racing Point says: “Sergio is physically healthy and in a good mood, but he will continue to isolate himself according to the guidelines of the responsible health authorities, whereby safety for the team and the sport has top priority.”

Hülkenberg as a replacement for Pérez

Racing Point emphasizes, however, that it still wants to drive with two cars. The two Mercedes test drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Gutiérrez are registered as substitute drivers. Vandoorne, however, is already in quarantine with Mercedes for Berlin, where the six final races of the ABB FIA Formula E will start next week.

Gutiérrez is 28 years old and, like Pérez, comes from Mexico. In Formula 1, he competed in a total of 59 Grand Prix for Sauber and Haas between 2013 and 2016. However: Gutiérrez has not driven any Formula 1 races for four years.

That’s why Nico Hülkenberg (32) comes into play. According to information from, the German actually has the best cards to replace Pérez – if his own corona test is negative. Hülkenberg knows Racing Point well, drove from 2011 to 2012 and from 2014 to 2016 for the team, which at that time was still called Force India. The decision should have been made by tomorrow morning. Training begins at eleven o’clock in English.

With the strong Racing Point Mercedes, the Emmericher would even have the chance to finally reach the podium. With 177 races, the 32-year-old holds the record for most F1 races without a podium. At the end of 2019, he actually left Formula One after Renault did not renew his contract. Most recently, Hülkenberg has always said that he does not consider his Formula 1 career to be over yet.

When he was an expert at RTL in the studio, the Hulk said: “I am ready for a big comeback, I keep up to date with all developments. At the same time, I use the time without Formula 1 to clear my head a little after all the years of motorsport and to take a deep breath. It was good for me, but now that I am driving again, I can feel how eager I am to get into the racing car. I miss Formula 1. ”


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