Hulkenberg rues lost chance to learn about car

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Nico Hulkenberg proved he should still be on the grid says Max Verstappen with P3 for the 70th Anniversary GP.

Nico Hulkenberg says his Silverstone DNS was disappointing as it was a chance for him to gain further experience and understanding of the car.

The German was called up by Racing Point to take the place of Sergio Perez for the British Grand Prix after the Mexican tested positive for coronavirus.

However, after qualifying in P13, he never drove a lap of the race as the team had issues starting the car shortly before it started.

With it looking likely that he’ll drive for the team again next week, he feels a “very important” opportunity for further experience was lost.

“If there’s a next weekend, then today would have been very important to get more experience to understand and learn more about the car, especially in the race conditions,” Hulkenberg said.

“This is just lost on that side, but I guess it is what it is now. We’ll have to see how things go for next weekend.”

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It was hectic few days for the 32-year-old. He was originally set to commentate on the Grand Prix on German TV.

However, he received a call from Racing Point on Thursday evening and immediately got on a plane to the factory where he spent all night getting his seat fitted.

He then woke up early the next morning to drive in FP1 with no preparation or prior experience in the car. He thinks that, in a way, a DNS is a fitting end to a “crazy” period.

“Somehow it fits into all these crazy days that I’ve experienced, but obviously disappointing for me and for the team,” he added.

“They tried everything, but [because of] some sort of power unit issue, we didn’t manage to start the car and get out there, which is obviously a disappointing problem. We’re looking into why.”

It has yet been confirmed that Perez will be unable to race at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix next weekend. However, if he can’t due to quarantine restrictions, Hulkenberg will take his place again.

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