“No downside” with Hulkenberg as 2023 F1 teammate

Haas is at present weighing up its driver choices for the second seat in 2023, with it believed to be a straight name between retaining Mick Schumacher or going for the extra skilled Hulkenberg.

The selection of Hulkenberg is intriguing as a result of he and Magnussen, who’s below contract for 2023, have had their moments of controversy previously.

Most famously, again on the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix, Magnussen advised Hulkenberg to ‘suck my balls’ after they got here to verbal blows following a late-race battle for a points-scoring place.

However with Magnussen and Hulkenberg having lengthy moved on from that second, there’s unlikely to be any lingering tensions.

And Magnussen himself is obvious that having somebody alongside him with the sort of expertise that Hulkenberg has could be a optimistic factor.

“I feel I’ve mentioned many instances now, that I haven’t got an issue with Nico in any respect,” mentioned the Dane.

“Really I respect him as a racing driver. I do not actually know him as an individual. However actually as a racing driver, I’ve all the time revered him. So I might haven’t any downside.

“However I haven’t got an opinion on whether or not or not he must be within the second automobile. Mick is doing job in the meanwhile. He had some points at first of the 12 months and some crashes however he’s actually sooner now.”

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22, Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-22

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22, Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-22

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Hulkenberg has most not too long ago been an F1 supersub, and was final referred to as up by Aston Martin to fill in for the unwell Sebastian Vettel on the Bahrain and Saudi Arabian Grands Prix.

Hypothesis about him transferring to Haas ramped up earlier this week when it emerged that Aston had signed Stoffel Vandoorne as a reserve for 2023.

Chatting with Servus TV over the Mexican GP weekend, Hulkenberg mentioned he was upbeat concerning the progress of talks with Haas even when nothing was finalised.

“On the finish of the day, it is not my resolution,” he mentioned. “I am not making it. There are nonetheless talks happening. I am comparatively optimistic, however we’ll should be slightly affected person there.”

Schumacher is conscious that point is working out for him to impress his Haas bosses sufficient to persuade them to maintain him for 2023.

However he says it’s pointless getting distracted by issues that he can’t management, so his sole focus is on delivering essential factors.

“I am right here to do my job, and I am right here to do it nicely,” he mentioned in Mexico. “So that is what my primary focus is on and that is the whole lot that I am accountable for.

“I am simply attempting to do my finest, and that is what I am right here for.”

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