The bench: Nico Hulkenberg and the prospect of a return to Formula 1

Formula 1 Nico Hulkenberg
Formula 1 Nico Hulkenberg, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, photo by skysports.com

Nico Hulkenberg is one of the cool guys who drives until the last race. German holds the Formula 1 record for most Grand Prix without a podium finish with 179 starts, his best result was three times P4, two of them in Belgium. Getting into a real Formula 1 car is his biggest dream. Will it come true and what possibilities does Nico Hulkenberg have? 

Nico Hülkenberg is the best freelance Formula 1 driver. 

That might sound unbelievable five years ago. Today, young stars are selected with the same precision as diamonds in the mines of Australia. 

"Vini vici vidi" 

It is the moto for high skill racing drivers and Formula 1 bosses Bets come true when any Formula 1 newcomer starts to win since the first race. Although this skill does not fully describe Nico Hülkenberg's racing talent, he has something similar on his tab. The 33-year-old German represented Sergio Perez at the two races at Silverstone in August, after the Mexican had contracted COVID-19, and then again Lance Stroll at the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, when the Canadian had to retire with an illness that led to him also being retrospectively tested positive for the coronavirus.

Nico Hülkenberg has done an excellent job, as one of the drivers of Racing Point F1. Hard to say whether he still had a chance to get a real contract. But now Aston Martin (Racing Point) nothing stands in the way of signing German as a test driver without guarantees for a real Grand Prix. 
Today, Nico Hülkenberg is excessively modest in interview with GQ
"The right offer just didn't come. There have been talks, but it never came to an agreement. I also said to myself, 'You shouldn't keep going at all costs, otherwise leave it for a while, knowing that you run the risk of never coming back.
"I've had a good ten years and I'm not the type to just keep going continuously. Certainly not to return and drive in the last places on the grid. So I said no for a reason," 

But these words are just cunning, because Nico Hulkenberg has a true desire to back into the race, no matter what. While the games with the press are very bad idea, German F1 driver decided to not talking about future plans.
F1 Freelance Driver: How Nico Hulkenberg is the New Hotness?

Nico Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg freelancing, photo Social Media

The prospect of a return to the real Formula One race. 

No Formula One team wants Nico Hülkenberg as a full-time driver, not because he has spent 10 years in the sport without a podium. Young Driver Programmes are more progressive, which means that young drivers get through from the F2, the probability of being a current Formula One driver is much higher. Example: Nico Hülkenberg had the opportunity to get the seat of Alpha Tauri F1 as a teammate of Pierre Gasly. But the Red Bull driver program prepared the young Yuki Tsunoda so well that the German driver had no chance.

After all, Nico Hülkenberg still has a chance as a full-time driver. Pretty clear that the test driver position sounds good for Aston Martin, but not hopeful. No one from the current team has available F1 places to supply Nico, but still has a few drivers with shadows on their reputation. So Nico Hülkenberg should be ready for this chance. 

Formula 1 Nico Hulkenberg
Formula 1 Nico Hulkenberg, photo by skysports.com

Opportunities: Assumption 1 - Alpha Tauri F1. 

Red Bull F1 is very serious about racing drivers, especially racing mistakes. This cold-hearted work allows Red Bull to select the best drivers and achieve high results, giving Yuki Tsunoda half a year to prove his talent. Otherwise, the Japanese driver will be quickly replaced.


Opportunities: Assumption 2 - Haas F1 Team. 

Nevertheless, Nikita Mazepin's participation for Haas is a very profitable deal (burdened by 20 million in revenue for the team by some rumored insiders), Haas still needs the professional to mentor Mick Schumacher. Nikita Mazepin also has half a year to prove the good side of his driving reputation. 

In any case, Nico Hülkenberg should be ready to step into the Formula One car at any time to show his best and drive to the last race.

Taisiya Lavi

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