Nico Hulkenberg holds the unenviable record for most starts without a podium finish. Between 2010 and 2020, he competed in 178 Formula 1 races. At the same time, however, the German is one of the hottest freelancers in the driver market. In 2020, he succeeded Sergio Perez at the Silverstone GP and then Lance Stroll at the Eiffel Grand Prix. Although he couldn’t get a post as full-time driver for 2021, his work schedule only confirms that Nico Hulkenberg is a multi-purpose person.
Mercedes F1 reserve driver:
German will be Mercedes reserve driver while current Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries are unavailable due to their Formula E commitments. There are three Formula 1 events that clash with the Formula E races – the Spanish GP on 9 May, the Monaco GP on 24 May and the Azerbaijan GP on 6 June. In addition, ongoing travel restrictions could make it more difficult for Vandoorne and De Vries to travel from Santiago to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix on 13 June.
Aston Martin F1 reserve driver:
The Formula One fans praised German for his achievements in 2020. He qualified third at the Grand Prix for the 70th anniversary. There were statements that he deserved a full-time drive. Thus, the German will remain the reserve driver of the Aston Martin (Racing Point) in the 2021 Formula 1 season.
Formula 1 expert at ServusTV
Nico Hülkenberg chose this “non-wheel place” because he does not have a full-time job. Previously, he had the chance to sign the contract with Red Bull and, as predicted, get Alex Albon’s car empty. However, the Formula 1 team decided differently and Sergio Perez came as Max Verstappen’s team-mate.
“When I found out I didn’t have a realistic chance of a seat in the new season, we soon found a common language and now I’m an expert commentator for Servus TV,”- N. Hulkenberg
At Servus TV he will also be accompanied by a former team member Red Bull, Christian Klien.
How does it all fit together? The German driver is sure that it is not a full-time job that can be combined well with work. Someone says that spending 178 races without a podium does not paint at all. However, his willingness to get behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car at any time makes him a jack-of-all-trades. It is not surprising to see him soon in another new role.