There really wasn’t much missing and returnee Nico Hülkenberg would have thrown his Racing Point teammate Lance Stroll out of the top 10 in his first qualifying session this season.
“Too bad. Actually, only a tenth or a little more was missing,” said Hülkenberg even after qualifying – and thus put his light under the bushel. (Formula 1, Grand Prix of Great Britain, Sun., from 3.10 p.m. in LIVETICKER)
In fact, it was just 0.065 seconds that separated Hülkenberg – who is stepping in at Silverstone this weekend for Sergio Perez, who has coronavirus – from a jump into the third qualifying session.
Stroll is very lucky in Q2
The Emmerich ended up in 13th place, while his team-mate was very lucky and only got into Q3 because he had driven his identical time earlier than Alpha-Tauri driver Pierre Gasly.
In the last qualifying section, Stroll then improved significantly and finished sixth, which is why the gap to teammate Hülkenberg will be clear on Sunday’s grid. (Formula 1 racing calendar 2020)
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Therefore Hülkenberg was annoyed Sky also a little bit, because “the car has the pace”. But the 32-year-old also realistically assessed the performance: “It would also be utopian to expect everything to go smoothly the first time.”
Neck is causing problems for Hülkenberg
Above all, his neck struggled: “The neck is sticking out its tongue at the moment. If you are not used to these g-forces for eight months, then it is clear that it cannot quite fit and is very, very difficult for me in the Automobile.” (DATA CENTER: The Formula 1 driver classification)
It will probably be even more difficult for Hülkenberg in the race if there are 52 laps to go. But with “the fastest car I’ve ever driven” points should be possible for Hülkenberg.
Verstappen and Albon praise
Hülkenberg may even get a second chance the next weekend, because team boss Otmar Szafnauer announced Motorsport.com an: “If Perez is out of both races, Nico will drive in both races. “
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The short-term comeback caused admiration among the driver colleagues. “Very impressive,” said Red Bull driver Alex Albon.
And Max Verstappen also found words of praise: “He should be here anyway, because I think he still deserves a place on the grid.”