German driver Nico Hülkenberg has confirmed he is in talks with Fred Vasseur, Alfa Romeo team manager for a return to F1 in 2021
Nico Hülkenberg has made it clear that he is in talks with several parties in Formula 1 about a possible return in 2021. The German had to clear the field after the 2019 season. Since then he’s been looking for a return in F1.
The substitute position at Racing Point, attributed to Sergio Perez suffering from the coronavirus, meant that Hülkenberg was able to make minutes in an F1 car in 2020. However, according to him, this doesn’t seem to increase the chances that he will be on the grid in 2021.
“It would be an exaggeration to say that I have more hope of a return,” he says via Auto, Motor und Sport. “I’ve been talking to two teams for some time now. A seat in the sport is one of the possibilities.”
Hülkenberg continues his story: “I don’t know if anything has changed since the last Grand Prix, it doesn’t feel like that. The people in the sport know me and will not change their minds by one Grand Prix weekend. There is still a chance that I will come back, but that will take some time”.
During his stint, Hülkenberg managed to finish seventh in the Racing Point. He is delighted with this result: “It was all quite new and it felt very strange. However, I am satisfied after the last race. A seventh place isn’t bad at all”. (Photo: Racing Point F1)
HÜLKENBERG IN TALKS WITH ALFA ROMEO
Not long after Hülkenberg announced that he is in talks with Formula 1 teams, there is now clarity about at least one of the teams he alluded tok. According to most recent reports it is, amongst others, clear that the German is negotiating with Alfa Romeo.
In the F1 Nation podcast, the former Force India and Renault driver goes into more detail about how things currently stand for him. Hülkenberg was asked if he would be open to a comeback at Alfa Romeo Racing: “Yes, the short answer is that I would like that”.
“To come to a deal, you have to take a few factors into account. The whole picture has to be right. I’ve talked to Frederic Vasseur (Alfa Romeo team boss, ed.) on a fairly regular basis over the past few months”, he continues.
Alfa Romeo has had a dramatic season, and the consensus is that Kimi Raikkonen doesn’t want to be in last place for another year. The departure of the Finnish former world champion would make room for Hülkenberg.
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THE NEXT RACE 2021
|Bahrain ||26 Mar|
|14:30 - 15:30||Free practice 1|
|18:00 - 19:00||Free practice 2|
|15:00 - 16:00||Free practice 3|
|18:00 - 19:00||Qualifying|
|18:00 - 20:00||Race|
|Bahrain||57 laps||308.238 km|