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F1 Saudi Grand Prix: Aston Martin replaces Sebastien Vettel with Nico Hulkenberg

Sebastien Vettel examined constructive and missed the season opener at Bahrain final weekend. Aston Martin had deputed reserve driver Hulkenberg to take Vettel’s place in Bahrain too. 

By : HT Auto Desk
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25 Mar 2022, 03:32 PM

Aston Martin's German driver Nico Hulkenberg drives at the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix. (File photo) (AFP)
Aston Martin’s German driver Nico Hulkenberg drives on the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix. (File picture) (AFP)

Formula 1 workforce Aston Martin has as soon as once more roped in German driver Nico Hulkenberg to take the tracks rather than its common alternative Sebastien Vettel in Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah. Vettel, a four-time world champion, is but to get well from Covid-19. Vettel had missed the season opener Bahrain Grand Prix final weekend and was changed by Hulkenberg on the final second. Aston Martin now expects Vettel to be slot in time for the Australian Grand Prix on April 10 in Melbourne.

Nico Hulkenberg, who has been a former Formula 1 driver for Renault, completed seventeenth on the Bahrain Grand Prix. “Nico coped well in Bahrain and we are sure he will do likewise in Jeddah,” Aston Martin stated whereas confirming the swap. This would be the fifth time Hulkenberg has stood in since he final raced full time in Formula 1 with Renault three years in the past. 

Hulkenberg hopes to enhance his efficiency on the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after a pointless begin at Bahrain. Ahead of the race, the German F1 driver stated, “After familiarising myself with the AMR22 in Bahrain final weekend, racing in Saudi Arabia will give me the chance to develop and additional enhance my understanding of the automobile. The work I did again within the simulator earlier this week has given me some additional perception and helped me put together for this quick and flowing observe.”

Formula 1 groups shall be in motion in the present day on the Corniche circuit in Jeddah for the primary two observe periods forward of Sunday’s important race. 34-year-old Hulkenberg will drive the AMR22 within the first observe session on the Saudi Arabian GP. Hulkenberg had lost his seat in Formula 1 on the finish of the 2019 season, however he competed in two races in 2020 as a substitute for different drivers.

First Published Date: 25 Mar 2022, 03:32 PM IST

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