Hulkenberg announces his primary goal for his return to F1 in 2023
Nico Hulkenberg, a German Formula 1 driver, will be making a comeback to the sport in 2023 with the Haas team. He last raced full-time in F1 in 2019 with the Renault outfit, but lost his seat as they elected to bring Esteban Ocon aboard for the 2020 season.
During his absence from the grid, Hulkenberg filled in for Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel after all three tested positive for COVID-19 at five Grands Prix. His last race was the 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, coming home 12th for Aston Martin, for whom he was a reserve driver.
However, for 2023, Hulkenberg will replace Mick Schumacher at Haas, after boss Guenther Steiner felt his midfield, points-scoring prowess would be a better suit for the team. Hulkenberg has stated that his one goal for the comeback is to come back and not have any regrets and to “kick ass” during his Formula 1 comeback season with the Haas team in 2023.
Hulkenberg has been a consistent points-scorer in the past and has a wealth of experience, having raced for teams like Renault, Force India and Williams. He has a solid performances, especially in qualifying. His return to Formula 1 with Haas will be an opportunity for him to showcase his skills and prove that he still has what it takes to compete at the highest level.
The Haas team has not had the best of seasons in the past and has been struggling to score points. With Hulkenberg’s experience and talent, they will be hoping that he can help bring the team to the next level and help them achieve more consistent points-scoring finishes.
Hulkenberg’s return to Formula 1 also comes at a time when the sport is undergoing significant changes, with new regulations set to come into effect in 2023 aimed at increasing the level of competition and making the sport more sustainable. With Hulkenberg’s ability to adapt to new situations, he will be well placed to take advantage of these changes and make the most of the new opportunities that arise.
All in all, Hulkenberg’s return to Formula 1 is an exciting development for the sport and for the Haas team. With his experience and talent, he will be a valuable addition to the grid and will be one to watch as the 2023 season unfolds.
Hulkenberg stated that he did not feel overly stressed during his two-year absence from Formula 1 and that he enjoyed the freedom and leisure that came with not being behind the wheel. He also explained that his desire to return to the sport and to compete again gradually crept back in.
“Despite the relaxed and enjoyable aspects of life outside of racing, Hulkenberg’s desire to return to the grid and compete once again gradually reemerged. He expressed a strong motivation to be back in the driving seat and perform at his best, aiming to “kick ass” during his comeback season with Haas in 2023.”
Hulkenberg stated that he did not have any fear or uncertainty about the possibility of not securing a seat for the 2023 Formula 1 season, understanding that teams have the final decision on who they want to race for them and that they usually choose what they believe will be the best for their team and result.
Hulkenberg acknowledged that teams have the final say in deciding which driver they want to race for them and that they typically choose the driver they believe will perform the best and bring the most success to the team. He understands that teams are looking for drivers that are the most competitive and have the potential for the best results.
“Teams make the final decision on who they want to drive for them and they typically select the driver they believe will give them the best results and make them the most competitive.” Hulkenberg explained to media
Hulkenberg speculated that Haas team looked at his past career, his statistics, and his performances in the races he subbed in during the COVID pandemic. He believes that through the discussions they had with him, he was able to convince them that he is the right choice for the team.
“I believe Haas evaluated my career, performance statistics, and recent COVID-affected races, and ultimately, I was able to convince them that I am the right choice through our discussions.”
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