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F1 2020: Nico Hulkenberg reveals ‘crazy’ ride at British GP

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Nico Hulkenberg has lifted the lid on his “crazy” call-up for the British GP, and believes he can deliver for a fast Racing Point this weekend after a solid first day in the car at Silverstone.

The 32-year-old, who isn’t racing in a full-time series this year after losing his Renault seat at the end of 2019, was dramatically drafted in to replace Sergio Perez after the Mexican’s positive coronavirus test on Friday (AEDT).

On his first day back in Formula 1 and after a night of little sleep, Hulkenberg — Aussie Daniel Ricciardo’s ex-teammate at Renault — was just six tenths of a second slower than teammate Lance Stroll in both sessions, the second of which Stroll was fastest of all.

“The last 24 hours have been a bit special, crazy and wild,” Hulkenberg said after practice.

“At 4.30pm yesterday afternoon I got a call, took a plane here, seat-fitted until 2am, then at 8am this morning (I was) into the simulator for an hour, a bit of prep work. So it was a short night — but all worthwhile.

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Formula 1: 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, Silverstone, Practice, qualifying, Daniel Ricciardo, result, live blog, timing, F1

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Formula One, 70th Anniversary Grand Prix Qualifying, 11pm AEST —

Daniel Ricciardo is hoping to replicate his best day in a Renault this season after finishing Friday’s second practice session in a stunning third.

While the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas comfortably topped the timesheets in both practice sessions, Ricciardo stunned the paddock with a scorching lap to pip Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to third on the timesheets.

It left the Aussie crowing about ‘genuine’ pace – and targeting a first podium since Monaco 2018.

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F1 2020, British Grand Prix, Friday practice: Daniel Ricciardo eyes podium, Lewis Hamilton fastest at Silverstone

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Daniel Ricciardo is eyeing his first podium finish in more than two years after showing “genuine” pace during practice for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

Hamilton bounced back to top the times ahead of Valtteri Bottas on Friday but it was Ricciardo that was making waves with a scorching lap narrowly quicker than former Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen.

Ricciardo — who hasn’t stood on an F1 podium since winning the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix — now sees a third-placed finish as a realistic possibility for the first time in a Renault.

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F1 2020, Racing Point penalty: Ferrari, McLaren, Renault to appeal Mercedes copycat fine

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They are expected to be joined by other teams unhappy at the outcome that saw Racing Point docked 15 points and fined 400,000 euros (A$660,000) after upholding Renault’s complaint that the Silverstone-based team was running using illegal parts.

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Many teams said they feel the verdict announced on Friday morning ahead of opening practice at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix was too lenient.

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