Nico Hulkenberg could make a surprise return to Formula 1 this weekend as a substitute for Sergio Perez, RaceFans understands from German sources.Silverstone.
Racing Point has an arrangement with power unit supplier Mercedes to call on its reserve drivers Stoffel Vandoorne or Esteban Gutierrez if needed. However Vandoorne is not present at the track this weekend as he is preparing for Formula E’s upcoming run of six races over the next two weeks.
While Gutierrez could be made available, Hulkenberg’s more recent race experience and familiarity with the team is thought to make him a preferred candidate for Racing Point.
Hulkenberg joined the team in 2011, when it was called Force India, as a reserve driver. He was promoted to their race team in 2012, and drove for them again between 2014 and 2016. After that he left to join Renault, but lost his place at the team at the end of last season.
As well as having competed in F1 more recently than Gutierrez, who last raced in 2016, Hulkenberg would bring his considerable experience of 177 race starts to the team’s line-up, alongside Lance Stroll.
Racing Point are expected to confirm their plans imminently, with practice due to begin at the circuit within the next three hours.
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