Nico Hulkenberg will replace Sergio Perez for the second Formula One race in a row after the Racing Point driver tested positive for coronavirus once again ahead of the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix this weekend.
A Racing Point statement confirmed the news just two hours before first practice, with the Mexican failing his Covid-19 test despite spending the last seven days in isolation.
The statement read: “Nico Hulkenberg will continue to drive for BWT Racing Point F1 Team alongside Lance Stroll in this weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone as a stand-in for regular driver, Sergio Perez.
“The 32-year-old German joined the team for last weekend’s British Grand Prix and immediately impressed as he got up to speed after eight months out of the cockpit.
“While Nico was unfortunately unable to start on race day, his running across the three practice sessions and qualifying will provide a strong starting point for the coming weekend.
“Having previously been part of the ‘Team Silverstone’ family in various stints as a test and race driver between 2011-2016, Nico reintegrated himself seamlessly.
“Sergio’s test has returned a positive result and he will continue to follow the guidance of Public Health England. He is physically well and recovering.
“The whole team wishes Sergio and his family well and we look forward to his return.”