The pilot Nico Hülkenberg completed his first day replacing the Mexican Sergio Pérez. The great opportunity presented to him when retired from F1 will undoubtedly be seized. The German expressed his satisfaction and admiration for the potential of the Racing Point RP20.
On his journey to finally be in the car today, he commented: “It has been a really special last 24 hours. At 4.30 PM yesterday, I took the call from Otmar Szafnauer (team leader) and got on the plane. I went to the factory and I had my chair at 2 AM. I got to the simulator at 8 AM this morning and I had some useful prep work. I want to thank the team for their amazing work getting me into the car today, and the FIA for their help with the super license and get the process done so fast, “Nico said.
The most positive thing about today is that we completed our program and that I accumulated many laps. It was a leap into the void, but I could see the car’s potential, even if I feel like I could have pulled more from the soft tire. It has been great to work with some old faces again and that has also been a help to catch up. I am looking forward to working with everyone tonight to make sure we will get everything out of the car tomorrow, “said the experienced driver.
Tomorrow the German will face the last free practice session and qualification, while on Sunday he will compete in the race, in which he is presented with a new opportunity to break an anti-record: the driver with the most number of races disputed in F1 (177 Grand Prix) without finishing on the podium.
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