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Former works Renault driver Nico Hülkenberg will fill in for him in the race at Silverstone.

Nico Hulkenberg on Friday reflected on a "special, insane and wild" 24 hours that saw him make a dramatic overnight return to Formula One at the British Grand Prix.

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.

Perez was not the only driver to travel overseas since the last race in Hungary, with Haas driver Romain Grosjean taking a holiday in Greece before coming to Silverstone.

Perez said: "I'm extremely sad, definitely one of the saddest days in my career".

"The FIA and the team handled it well, because we just allow people to keep to the guidelines and not to do anything different, but we know it can happen", Steiner said.

"A great effort by the team, I want to thank the night-shift guys who did an fantastic job to fit me in the vehicle quite comfortably, and the FIA for turning it around so fast on the super-licence".

"After Hungary, I took a private plane to go to Mexico to see my mum for two days because she had a big accident, so as soon as she left hospital I was able to see her". I knew I had a great auto underneath me, and the team has done a fantastic job.

"As we found out, it can get everybody, but then again it's got a good reaction to it to limit it, to spread anymore, so we just have to be responsible each of us".


Racing Point's reverse drivers are Esteban Gutierrez and Stoffel Vandoorne, the test drivers on the books of engine suppliers Mercedes.

Hulkenberg, who was out of F1 after being dropped by Renault at the end of last season, returns to the team he raced for in 2012 and between 2014 and 2016.

"In a bid to minimise disruption and ensure the best possible chance of building upon the team's strong start to the 2020 campaign, Nico's familiarity with the team will prove invaluable".

Racing Point - which gets its engines from Mercedes - basically copied Mercedes' vehicle design from 2019 for the 2020 season and it's paid off.

"I think there I got to grip pretty quickly with things".

Hulkenberg said: "I was on my way to the Nurburgring for another racing project when the call from Otmar came".

"The last 24 hours have been a bit special - and insane and wild".

"It's obviously a hard situation for Racing Point and Checo".

Team-mate Lance Stroll set the fastest time on Friday and was six-tenths of a second faster than Hülkenberg, with the German conceding he failed to get the most out of the soft tyre.

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