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Winter Prep for Hulkenberg – Two Intensive Months



Winter Prep for Hulkenberg - Two Intensive Months

Nico Hulkenberg, who will be racing for Haas in the 2023 Formula 1 season, has revealed that he has been engaging in “intense” gym sessions in order to prepare for his full-time return to the sport.

The German driver has not raced full-time since 2019 and has only had a handful of substitute outings for the Racing Point/Aston Martin team since 2020.

Hulkenberg’s comeback was only announced at the end of the 2022 season, but he says he had been in talks with Haas team principal Guenther Steiner since around the summer of that year.

“I had been talking with Guenther since the summer, but it wasn’t until the end of the season that I really knew. So, there was definitely always this hope within me, but you never really know until it’s done. I had to be patient for a while.”

Despite the uncertainty surrounding his return, Hulkenberg said he always had hope that he would be able to make a comeback and had to be patient throughout the process.

In terms of his preparation for the 2023 season, Hulkenberg said that he has been working hard in the gym to rebuild his physical strength.

“There was a lot of gymnastics involved. I believe that the two months of intensive training were effectively utilized to rebuild my physical strength.”


He also had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the 2023 VF-23 challenger at a Silverstone shakedown earlier this month, which provided him with some valuable experience.

Hulkenberg will be racing alongside Kevin Magnussen, who is entering his sixth season with the Haas F1 squad. Despite only just getting to know each other, Hulkenberg believes that they will be able to work well together and push the team forward. While he admits that it will take some time for them to understand each other’s driving styles, he is confident that they will be able to build a strong working relationship.

Haas was the first team to unveil its new 2023 car, the VF-23, with a livery presentation on January 31. The final version of the car was revealed at a shakedown at Silverstone on February 11. With Hulkenberg and Magnussen on board, the team will be hoping to make progress in the upcoming season.

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