Hulkenberg to make second F1 return due to Stroll illness

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For the second time this season, Nico Hulkenberg will deputise for an ailing Racing Point driver after Lance Stroll withdrew from the Eifel Grand Prix on Saturday.

A veteran of 181 Formula 1 grands prix, the German lost his full-time drive with Renault at the close of the 2019 season, but made a suprise return for the British and 70th Anniversary GPs at Silverstone after Sergio Perez tested positive for COVID-19.

Now with Stroll suffering from an an undisclosed illness, Hulkenberg will drive for the Silverstone team once more.

“Lance didn’t feel 100% this morning and the team took the decision not to run him for the rest of the event,” the team said in a statement. “Nico, who previously deputised for Sergio Perez at the Silverstone events, is familiar with the car and team already, and fortunately was in nearby Cologne.”

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Returning to a circuit he last raced at in the 2013 German GP, Hulkenberg will have little time to acclimatise himself with qualifying soon to begin, although the rest of the grid has only had an hour of running due to a complete washout of Friday practice.

Holder of the record for most F1 races without a podium, the German will now try to break his duck at a place where he has had some success in the past, winning both the feature and sprint races at the circuit during his GP2 title-winning campaign in 2009.