F1 Eifel GP Live: Hulkenberg in for sick Stroll at Eifel GP

Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg was drafted in as a late replacement for Lance Stroll at the Eifel Grand Prix on Saturday after the Canadian felt unwell and missed final practice at the Nuerburgring.

The 33-year-old German has become something of a Formula One super-sub this season, standing in twice for Stroll’s team mate Sergio Perez in August after the Mexican tested positive for COVID-19.

Summoned at short notice for the first of those occasions at Silverstone, Hulkenberg had to borrow a set of Stroll’s overalls.

This time the veteran of 178 starts will be taking the team owner’s son’s car as well.

“Back to #hulkenback,” he posted on Twitter over a photograph of his paddock pass after passing a COVID-19 test on arrival.

“Lance did not feel 100% this morning and the team took the decision not to run him for the rest of the event,” Racing Point said in a statement.

“Nico… is familiar with the car and team already, and fortunately was in nearby Cologne.”

Despite his experience and familiarity with the team and car, the Nuerburgring will be a stiff challenge for Hulkenberg whose first actions will be to go straight into qualifying without any practice.

The German, who lost his place at Renault at the end of last season and raced previously for Racing Point’s predecessors Force India, at least knows the circuit well and is no stranger to being thrown in at the deep end.