Hulkenberg should be in Formula 1. It was going to be an incredible physical challenge for Nico Hulkenberg and I don’t know how much he hurt at the end of the race, but it was great performance all weekend by someone who had just been dropped in the deep end.
Nico HULKENBERG as regular driver of Mercedes. It could have happened just like that according to Ross Brawn’s latest column on the Formula 1 website. The Brit announces that if Lewis Hamilton hadn’t come to Brackley, Hulkenberg would have been the next option.
Brawn speaks full of praise for the return of Hulkenberg in Formula 1. “It was going to be an incredible physical challenge for Nico Hulkenberg and I don’t know how much he hurt at the end of the race, but it was great performance all weekend by someone who had just been dropped in the deep end”, says the general manager of Formula 1.
HULKENBERG AT MERCEDES
He also announced that Hulkenberg had almost joined Mercedes in 2013. “I almost signed him years ago, when I was in charge at Mercedes. If Lewis hadn’t joined Mercedes when he did, Nico was our next choice.”
“I’ve always respected Nico enormously as a driver. He’s a very strong driver who should be in Formula 1”, Brawn concludes.
Hamilton replaced seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher at Mercedes in 2013 in a surprise switch from McLaren, which would pay off handsomely over the hybrid era as he scored five drivers’ titles for the team so far.
It is believed Mercedes would’ve been willing to continue with Schumacher had it failed in landing Hamilton as team-mate to Nico Rosberg.
Brawn’s comments, however, make it clear that Hulkenberg was a viable option too, having made his return to F1 in 2012 after a one-year absence and impressed at Force India, seeing off the Mercedes-linked Paul di Resta as his team-mate.
Hulkenberg ultimately went to Sauber for 2013.
Brawn departed Mercedes at the end of the 2013 season, and only returned to the championship in a prominent governance role in 2017.
His post-70th Anniversary GP column also featured a comment on the Racing Point protest controversy, with the stewards’ recent verdict leading as many as five F1 teams to declare their intention to appeal.
“The controversy surrounding Racing Point is a classic aspect of Formula 1’s rich tapestry,” Brawn wrote.
“There are clearly strong feelings all round. We will just have to let the process play out and trust in the judgement of the Court of Appeal.”
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