Unwell Stroll misses Nurburgring FP3, Hulkenberg on stand-by

Racing Point Formula 1 driver Lance Stroll did not take part in FP3 at the Nurburgring today after feeling unwell.

Unwell Stroll misses Nurburgring FP3, Hulkenberg on stand-by
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The team says that it will make a call after the session about what it will do for qualifying for the Eifel GP.

The team’s reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg, who was already in Germany, has travelled to the circuit and will be on hand if he is required.

A statement from Racing Point said: “Lance Stroll is not feeling 100% this morning and will therefore not participate in FP3.

“His condition will be assessed after the session to evaluate whether he is fit to drive, at which point the team will confirm plans for quali.”

Hulkenberg stood in for Sergio Perez at the British GP and 70th Anniversary race when the Mexican had a positive COVID-19 test.

He failed to start the first race after a last minute engine problem, and finished seventh on his second outing, having qualified third.

He will be able to step into the car for qualifying, as it counts as a practice session.

A similar situation occurred at the 2017 Hungarian GP, when Paul di Resta was drafted into Williams for qualifying when Felipe Massa was not fit to drive.

Hulkenberg knows the circuit well. He drove in the last German GP at the venue in 2013, and tested a GT car at the venue a few months ago.

One complication is that he will have to have a negative COVID-19 test before he is allowed to enter the paddock. 

It’s understood that he was due to come to the circuit anyway for TV commitments, in which case he would already have had the necessary test.

If he is required to drive then he will have a very limited amount of time to prepare for qualifying with the engineers, although at least the team will have been able to adjust the cockpit for his seat and pedal settings.

Stroll’s absence from FP3 will also compromise Perez’s weekend. With Friday rained out, today’s session was crucial for all teams, with the tyre testing workload shared out between both drivers, and work for both qualifying and the race crammed into the single session.

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