It has been announced that Nico Hulkenberg will have an official full-time role in Formula 1 for Aston Martin in 2021, and will be their reserve and development driver for this coming season.
Hulkenberg the Hero
Hulkenberg was last seen in F1, when he was called upon by the team formally known as Racing Point on three occasions last season, as a replacement for Perez and Stroll when they unfortunately tested positive for Covid 19.
Hulkenberg failed to start the British Grand Prix, when he was a replacement for Perez, but finished seventh at the same track in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, after qualifying an impressive P3. He then finished eighth in the Eifel Grand Prix in place of Stroll.
Nico Hulkenberg Interview
When asked Hulkenberg said “First of all, it’s great to get this deal signed up with plenty of notice – last year, I didn’t have quite as much time to prepare before jumping in the car,”
“I’m really pleased to once again work with this team – with whom I have driven many times during my career.”
“Obviously, I’m hoping that Sebastian and Lance enjoy uninterrupted seasons this year, but the team knows it can rely on me to step in and do an excellent job, and I’m fully prepared to take on that challenge. It will also be interesting to help develop the team through the season, and I’m really looking forward to pulling great lap-times out of my arm sleeve.”
Hulkenberg has a history with the Aston Martin team under previous names and management, having raced for them in 2012 and then between 2014 and 2016.
This was reiterated by Aston Martin Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer who said “In these difficult times, the requirement for a capable and experienced reserve driver is especially important.
“Nico proved last year that he could jump in the car and perform superbly at a moment’s notice; now, with additional scope for preparation and integration, we know that we can rely on Nico to do an excellent job.”
Experience is Vital
The German superstar Hulkenberg has raced In a total of 176 races starts under his belt, whilst driving with some of the top teams in F1 Williams, Sauber and Renault alongside his Force India and Racing Point stints.
This news means that with immediate effect Hulkenberg will be available to step in for Stroll or his new four-time world champion teammate Sebastian Vettel if required.
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