user icon
user icon

'He looked like he never left' - Hulkenberg praised upon F1 return

  • Published on 02 Aug 2020 12:01
  • comments 1
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Nico Hulkenberg has received acclaim for his performance upon his return to Formula 1, which came about unexpectedly at Silverstone.

After Sergio Perez tested positive for coronavirus on earlier this week, Hulkenberg was drafted in at the last minute to replace him.

The German, who jumped into an F1 race car after eight months on the sidelines following his departure from Renault, qualified in 13th place on Saturday.

Speaking about Hulkenberg after Saturday's on-track activities, six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton said: “I saw him walking in, he looked like he never left. But think it’s even more so, it’s probably the prep is a big part, your understanding of the car, that’s probably the biggest part.

“When you don’t know the car, you don’t know the tools you have or the simulations that the team uses. I can’t even tell you how far behind he is with that. But he is a great driver but if anyone can do it, it will be him, for sure.”

However, one of Hulkenberg's biggest challenges is the physical aspect, as the former Force India and Renault driver was suddenly subjected to high G Force levels with little training.

“Copse is flat out so it’s a pretty intense combination of corners so I wouldn’t be surprised if this morning he woke up with quite a few bruises and sore but he’s generally always been really in good shape,” Hamilton said.


MOREHulkenberg: Hard to deliver 100% following late call-up


Max Verstappen, who qualified for the British Grand Prix in third place, says Hulkenberg's neck would still be in discomfort regardless of how much training he went through.

I could see after the first practice his neck was hanging to one side,” Verstappen said. “He has quite a long neck, that’s not nice to have in F1.

“It’s tough, because I spoke to him about it back in the day when he was still in F1 fulltime. He didn’t enjoy that. It’s tough, you can train as much as you want; the first time you go in an F1 car with these speeds, especially around here, you will be sore.

“You can train every day with your neck but the first time it’s always going to be sore so I’m 100 per cent sure of course, when he woke up today he felt it.”

Valtteri Bottas was also impressed with Hulkenberg's qualifying performance an wished him well for Sunday's race.

“I’m sure he will be sore and as you said, he’s probably not been prepared, physically, to drive a Formula 1 like we all did for the first race but I think he’s done really good,” Bottas said.

“I think it’s a big challenge for him, with such short notice, he was setting some good lap times but obviously big experience from the past. I hope he has a good race tomorrow.”

Replies (1)

Login to reply
  • f1ski

    Posts: 726

    A great driver bad luck perhaps some of it is on him

    • + 0
    • Aug 2 2020 - 23:25

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

World Championship standings 2020

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Team Renault
  • Points 289
  • Podiums 0
  • Grand Prix 105
  • Country Germany
  • Date of b. Aug 19 1987 (33)
  • Place of b. Emmerich am Rhein, Germany
  • Weight 70 kg
  • Length 1.84 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
3 - Jul 5 2020
Austria
10 - Jul 12 2020
Austria
17 - Jul 19 2020
Hungary
31 - Aug 2 2020
United Kingdom
7 - Aug 9 2020
United Kingdom
14 - Aug 16 2020
Spain
28 - Aug 30 2020
Belgium
4 - Sep 6 2020
Italy
11 - Sep 13 2020
Italy
25 - Sep 27 2020
Russian
9 - Oct 11 2020
Germany
23 - Oct 25 2020
Portugal
31 - Nov 1 2020
Italy
13 - Nov 15 2020
Turkey
27 - Nov 29 2020
Bahrain
11 - Dec 13 2020
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
3 - Jul 5 2020
Austria Red Bull Ring
10 - Jul 12 2020
Austria Red Bull Ring
17 - Jul 19 2020
Hungary Hungaroring
31 - Aug 2 2020
United Kingdom Silverstone
7 - Aug 9 2020
United Kingdom Silverstone
14 - Aug 16 2020
28 - Aug 30 2020
4 - Sep 6 2020
Italy Monza
11 - Sep 13 2020
Italy Mugello
25 - Sep 27 2020
Russian Sochi Autodrom
9 - Oct 11 2020
Germany Nurburgring
23 - Oct 25 2020
31 - Nov 1 2020
13 - Nov 15 2020
Turkey Istanbul Park
27 - Nov 29 2020
11 - Dec 13 2020
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar