Aston Martin informed about the exchange of riders on the website the day before the introductory training for Sunday’s Grand Prix. The next Grand Prix will take place next week in Saudi Arabia, and the team did not say whether Vettel would be available.
Thirty-four-year-old Hülkenberg will complete the first F1 Grand Prix in about a year and a half. After the 2019 season, he lost his position as a permanent pilot, but in 2020 he raced for the Racing Point team two races as well as now as a substitute for riders infected with coronavirus. Hülkenberg has 179 starts without standing on the podium, a Formula 1 record.
Hülkenberg’s peer Vettel is the second pilot to test positive for covid-19 this month. After isolation, Australian Daniel Ricciardo from McLaren should return to the paddock in Bahrain.