Berlin (dpa) – Nico Hülkenberg continues to hope to return as a regular driver in the upcoming Formula 1 season, as emergency aid like this year is not a long-term option for the 33-year-old.
“In the long run, firefighter would return to the classic role of replacement driver. That’s not what I’m aiming for,” said the Emmerich resident of “Bild am Sonntag”. Hülkenberg has already jumped in three times for the Racing Point team this season, most recently at the Nürburgring. He raced from the last starting position to eighth.
There were teams who wanted to hire him permanently after his first assignment as a replacement driver. “But a regular cockpit is my priority,” he said. The problem: “I’m not under the hood yet. But still. Other drivers may be more economically attractive for the teams.”
Hülkenberg’s contract with Renault was not renewed last year and he was not given a regular cockpit with another racing team. In 2010 he joined the British Williams team in the best motorsport class. He has made 179 races so far. Still waiting for a podium, Hulkenberg has a negative record. His driving skills are highly appreciated.
With his performance in the Eifel, he has refreshed his name with everyone involved “, he told the online portal” motorsport-Magazin.com “and added:” I am very enthusiastic about Formula 1 and would like to continue there, but not at any cost. “
There is currently speculation whether Red Bull could be an option. How safe Alexander Albon’s place is is open. “Measured by the car, this is the best option that is most attractive. It is the most competitive car,” said Hülkenberg. Having Max Verstappen from the Netherlands as a teammate would be a huge task. ‘I would like to know, measure myself against him. Let’s see if it comes to that. ‘