Sebastian Vettel OUT of Saudi Arabia GP while still recovering from Covid as Nico Hulkenberg races for for Aston Martin

SEBASTIAN VETTEL is OUT of the Saudi Arabia GP as he continues his recovery from Covid.

Nico Hulkenberg will take the four-time world champion's place for the second race of the season, just like he did for the opener in Bahrain.


A statement from the Aston Martin team read: "#SaudiArabianGP Update: @HulkHulkenberg will practice, qualify and race alongside @lance_stroll.

"Despite lack of mileage in the #AMR22, Nico coped well in Bahrain and we are sure he will do likewise in Jeddah.

"We expect Sebastian Vettel to be fit for the #AustralianGP."

Hulkenberg finished 17th in the Bahrain GP – last place aside from those who failed to finish.

READ MORE IN SPORT

Max and Lewis ready to rumble in Saudi’s Jeddah Showdown this weekend.

All British Casino: Get up to £100 welcome bonus and always 10% cashback!

His team-mate Lance Stroll faired a little better than the German but still struggled to get to grips with the new car.

He eventually secured 12th place – meaning Aston Martin failed to pick up any points.

It was a statement weekend for Ferrari who bossed both qualifying and the race.

Charles Leclerc took victory from pole position and he was helped to a one-two by team-mate Carlos Sainz.

Most read in Motorsport

MAS RELIEF

Sacked F1 race director Michael Masi set to be handed new role by FIA

NAUGHTY LEW

Hamilton in decade's top 10 most penalised F1 drivers with £41k fines in 2021

TOT OF THE PUMPS

Wolff reckons fuel prices will drop before Hamilton wins another F1 title

PAINT JOB

Formula 1 teams stripping PAINT as Mercedes' Wolff admits new car is too heavy

JOIN SUN VEGAS: GET A FREE £10 BONUS WITH 100s OF GAMES TO PLAY AND NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED (Ts&Cs apply)

Lewis Hamilton clinched an impressive place on the podium following a difficult weekend in the Mercedes car.

But it was a nightmare start for Red Bull as both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez suffered reliability issues inside the final three laps – ending their hopes of a top three finish.

The Saudi Arabia GP made its debut in F1 last season as Hamilton won the race ahead of Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas.

🏁 F1 2022 calendar: practice times, dates and racetrack info

    Source: Read Full Article