Nico Hulkenberg has revealed he thought it twice before replacing Sergio Perez last year after he was positive for Covid-19.
The German who does not have a seat since the 2020 season revealed to GQ that the call for replacement wasn’t an “immediate yes.”
“At first, a lot of people said that I absolutely had to do this – but I also pointed out directly that it was not that risk-free. What do I have to lose? If I can’t do it, my comeback chances for 2021 worsen. But if you don’t dare, you can’t win anything,” Hulkenberg told GQ.
“There wasn’t much time to think about it anyway. So I said: come on, do it, trust in you and your talent. At the end of the day, that’s my passion and my craft. Confidence in your own abilities was the decisive factor in the weighing up.”
Later in the season, Hulkenberg was called by Racing Point again, this time to replace Lance Stroll at the Eifel Grand Prix. He classified 20th but made his way up into eight by the end of the race, chosen as the Driver of the Day by the fans.