Nico Hulkenberg as a driver, 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 followed Sergio Perez at the Silverstone GP and then Lance Stroll at the Eiffel Grand Prix. Although he could not get a full-time job as a driver for 2021, his work schedule only confirms that Nico Hulkenberg is a versatile.
Mercedes F1 reserve driver
The German will be Mercedes reserve driver while Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries will not be available 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 difficult for Vandoorne and De Vries to travel from Santiago to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix on 13 June.
Nico Hulkenberg – Aston Martin F1 reserve driver
F1 fans praised German for his achievements in 2020. He qualified third at the 70th anniversary Grand Prix. There were statements that he deserved a full-time drive. Thus, the German will remain 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 seat” because he does not have a full-time job. Previously, he had the chance to sign the contract with Red Bull and, as predicted, Alex Alton’s car was empty. However, the Formula 1 team decided differently and Sergio Perez came in 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 TVN. Hulkenberg
At Servus TV, he will also be accompanied by former Red Bull team-mate 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 is no painting at all. But his willingness to get behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car at any time makes him a jack of all trades.
Nico Hulkenberg also took on another role in 2021 – now he is also a caring father. Nevertheless, the German is still ready to get behind the wheel of a current F1 car. Furthermore, there are already rumors in the Formula One paddock about a possible return as an Alfa Romeo driver to succeed Antonio Giovinazzi as Valtteri Bottas’ team-mate.