Hulkenberg, who was dropped by Renault at the end of last season, returned to Formula 1 over the last two weekends as a substitute for Sergio Perez at Racing Point. Having been unable to start the British Grand Prix due to a power unit failure, Hulkenberg finished seventh yesterday.
“It was going to be an incredible physical challenge for Nico Hulkenberg and I don’t know how much he hurt at the end of the race, but it was great performance all weekend by someone who had just been dropped in the deep end,” said Brawn.
“I almost signed him years ago, when I was in charge at Mercedes. If Lewis hadn’t joined Mercedes when he did, Nico was our next choice.
“I’ve always respected Nico enormously as a driver. He’s a very strong driver who should be in Formula 1.”
Last year another former Mercedes boss, Nick Fry, said the team seriously considered Nick Heidfeld for the seat which went to Hamilton.
Racing Point have said they are “99% sure” Perez will be fit to return for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix. The team intends to call on Hulkenberg as a reserve if Perez, who has tested positive for Covid-19 on multiple occasions, is still not available.
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2020 F1 season
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