Nico Hülkenberg was hit by a lightning strike on Saturday morning that he might be busy in the F1 in the afternoon as Racing Point’s Canadian driver Lance Stroll fell. The German driver, who took over the car of the coronavirus Sergio Perez for two races in Silverstone, undertook to take part in the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, arriving at the scene from his home in his own car.
At first, the team did not provide information about what had happened to Stroll, but it was soon stated that it was not coronavirus, and several tests had become negative for Canadians. Later, however, Otmar Szafnauer, the team leader of the Pink Corps, provided several details as to why the German had been alerted.
“He hasn’t felt very well since Russia. Ever since we left, it hasn’t been well, maybe we’ve had a cold. At first we thought that since we were in Russia, let’s test to see if he caught the virus. We tested it several times, but returned with negative results three or four times, ”Szafnauer said.
The complaints didn’t go away and Stroll told his team 30 minutes before the start of the third free practice that he couldn’t take the lead. “He had no classic coronavirus symptoms. Her stomach fluttered a little, she was almost all the way to the toilet. He said: »I’ve gotten rid of a lot of fluid already, but I can’t get off the toilet long enough to race«. I don’t know if it was because of some food or a disease, but he said he wasn’t ready for the race. ”
Stroll is confident he will recover by the Portuguese Grand Prix in two weeks. The pilot will no longer return to the runway over the weekend and will remain under medical supervision at his accommodation in Germany and then fly home if his condition improves.