Haas set to announce Hulkenberg F1 deal for 2023

As revealed by Motorsport.com in September, Hulkenberg’s identify emerged as a attainable Haas candidate after it turned clear that the group was unlikely to retain Schumacher. 

Stories in Germany have additionally emerged this week linking Hulkenberg to a Haas deal for 2023.

The opposite essential candidate was Antonio Giovinazzi, the favoured selection of engine provider Ferrari, who had beforehand helped to encourage the group to take Schumacher.

Group boss Gunther Steiner has all the time insisted that Ferrari has no contractual name on inserting a driver within the group, though clearly there was some room for negotiation between the 2 events.

Former Alfa Romeo driver Giovinazzi helped his case with a strong FP1 efficiency for Haas at Monza, however the Italian then torpedoed his probabilities by crashing proper at first of the session when he had a second outing in Austin.

Whereas not naming Hulkenberg, Steiner confirmed at Interlagos final weekend {that a} choice had been made and will likely be introduced earlier than the Abu Dhabi GP, guaranteeing that whoever bought the job would be capable of do the Pirelli check on the Tuesday after the race.

“Count on the announcement someday subsequent week,” he stated. “I am not telling you a day as a result of then all people will likely be ready for that day. Will probably be coming subsequent week.”

He added: “We’re simply finding out particulars, how are we going to do, what we’re going to do.”

Nico Hulkenberg, Aston Martin

Nico Hulkenberg, Aston Martin

Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Pictures

Hulkenberg’s return will symbolize a exceptional comeback for the 35-year-old, whose final full season was with Renault again in 2019.

In 2020 he made three appearances with Racing Level as a reserve driver, though one was a non-start as a consequence of a technical situation. He additionally contested the primary two races of this season with the renamed Aston Martin group after Sebastian Vettel was struck by COVID-19.

Requested earlier this 12 months about his probabilities of returning to an F1 seat, Hulkenberg made it clear that he had accepted that it won’t occur.

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“I’ll keep as reserve driver for Aston, and I am doing my stuff for ServusTV,” he stated. “After which past that, to be sincere, I haven’t got the reply. I do not know myself. However that is okay. I am in a completely good headspace. And I am completely effective with that, it is not a urgent situation.

“I want to seek out one thing in racing that I actually wish to do. That hasn’t come round but. And it would do within the subsequent months, I do not know.

“However I am completely relaxed and open about it. I had many, many good years of racing. If there’s extra to come back, nice. However it’s not like my life stops with out it.”

Nevertheless he felt that his expertise might nonetheless be helpful to a group.

“There aren’t many individuals with the historical past and expertise that I’ve and are nonetheless round a lot, or that race elsewhere, so there aren’t so many alternate options.

“There are a number of younger guys in F2, a number of expertise round there. However clearly they do not have F1 expertise but.”

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