Nico Hulkenberg steps in for Sergio Perez after positive Covid-19 test

Perez isolating due to inconclusive COVID test result	
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Perez isolating due to inconclusive COVID test result Glenn Dunbar Motorsport Images

Racing Point has been stunned with unfortunate news ahead of the British Grand Prix, as veteran driver Sergio Perez has been ruled out from the race after he was tested positive for Coronavirus.

The sport had reported only two positive results, neither involving people who attended races, from more than 15,000 tests carried out from June 26 to July 23.

Hulkenberg was planning to race GT cars this weekend at the Nuburgring. "He said yeah, I just landed here, I'm going to do a test", "well maybe you should jump in an F1 car", so he said "yeah absolutely'".

Racing Point chose Hulkenberg over Mexican Esteban Gutierrez, who is the Mercedes reserve driver for this weekend and they had a contractual right to call on had they wanted to due to their links with the world champions.

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Nico Hulkenberg has called the last 24 hours "crazy and wild" after making his shock Formula 1 comeback with Racing Point on Friday at Silverstone.

The team is fourth, just one point behind McLaren.

Despite the hectic nature of his F1 comeback, Hulkenberg finished FP1 with the ninth-fastest time, before rounding out Friday practice in seventh-place in the afternoon session.

Hulkenberg, a Le Mans 24 Hours victor who is famous in Formula One for not once standing on the podium in a long career that started at Williams in 2010, said he had been on his way to the Nuerburgring when he got the call.

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"Seat fitting until 2am, 8am this morning into the simulator for an hour, a bit of prep work so it was a short night but it was all worthwhile. It's been very special". I knew I had a fantastic vehicle underneath me, that the team has done a fantastic job.

Lewis Hamilton was beaten to top spot by Max Verstappen in opening practice for the British Grand Prix. It's just a little bit getting used to the steering wheel and some of the functions. So we tested them, all three are negative as well.

Reporting no symptoms of the virus, Perez said it was a reminder how vulnerable everyone is to becoming infected. I think my body will go through that tomorrow and the day after. It's obviously a huge challenge but I'm not shy of that one.

Verstappen might have set his best lap on the speediest soft tyre compound - with Hamilton electing to use the slower medium rubber - but Red Bull will nevertheless be encouraged by the Dutchman's time.

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"We've got no clauses in the contract where he has to ask permission to go back to his family".

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