Lance Stroll, ill, will be replaced by Nico Hülkenberg at the F1 Eifel Grand Prix, on the Nürburgring circuit, for qualifying and the race, Racing Point announced just minutes from the start of qualifying. Saturday.
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The Canadian, whose absence is apparently not caused by contamination with the new coronavirus, had tweeted in the morning “that he was not feeling well”, and Racing Point decided not to make him run.
The German rider already knows the team after replacing Sergio Pérez at the British Grand Prix and at the 70e Birthday in Silverstone in early August due to Mexican test positive for COVID-19.
Stroll was absent in the third free practice session on Saturday morning, the only and crucial practice session of this 11e round of the world championship after the cancellation of the two sessions scheduled for Friday, due to bad weather conditions.
Ex-Renault driver (2017-2019), but also Williams and Force India (the former name of the Racing Point team), Hülkenberg was “by chance not far from Cologne”, the team said in its press release. He will set off behind the wheel of Lance Stroll’s single-seater, but with his number 27.
The FIA Stewards examined Racing Point’s request and accepted it, not least because Hülkenberg still has a “super license” [le permis à points des pilotes de F1] valid.