As announced, the experienced Nico Hülkenberg (35) will make his return to F1 in 2023. The German driver will replace his compatriot Mick Schumacher at the wheel of one of the single-seaters of the American Haas team from next season. A change largely linked to the lack of results of the second this season.
Nico Hülkenberg back in F1, moreover as a starter again. It was announced, Haas confirmed it this Thursday; the experienced 35-year-old German driver will replace Mick Schumacher from next season. For the latter, the dice seemed cast for a while. Very controversial within the American team, in particular for lack of results during this second season for the young German driver in the premier category, the son of legend Michael Schumacher, who suffered more than ever at Interlagos from the comparison with his teammate Kevin Magnussen, who started on pole in the sprint race last Saturday, had already understood that he could find a new steering wheel for next season. “Expect the announcement to be made sometime next week,” Günther Steiner had also announced after the Brazilian GP this weekend, without hiding that the desired agreement with a new driver to replace Schumacher was only a matter of “a few details”.
Steiner: “A very credible and well seasoned team of pilots”
The German daily Bild had also revealed on Monday that the agreement was imminent and that the pilot in question would be another German pilot, in this case Hülkenberg, 181 starts to his credit (for a podium only). “I am naturally very happy to welcome Nico again, welcomed Thursday Steiner after having formalized the arrival in 2023 alongside Kevin Magnussen of the one who officiates this year as a reserve driver at Aston Martin. “The experience and knowledge base that Nico brings to the team is evident, as is his reputation as a solid and reliable driver. These are attributes which, combined with the experience of Kevin Magnussen, will give us a very credible and well-seasoned driver line-up which we believe will help move the team forward. »
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) November 17, 2022
Return through the front door to Hülkenberg
Very happy to move into a full-time drive with @HaasF1Team in 2023. I feel like I never really left Formula One and I am excited to get the opportunity to do what I love the most again. I want to thank Gene & Günther for their trust! pic.twitter.com/47cBbm1YJl
— Nico Hülkenberg (@HulkHulkenberg) November 17, 2022
Sidelined from the F1 circuits since 2019 after he was in turn a victim of the game of musical chairs (he had been pushed out by Renault, who had preferred Esteban Ocon to him), the native of Emmerich Am Rhein, who had started his career in F1 at Williams, had only been allowed to show himself since by taking advantage here and there of the cases of Covid-19 of his colleagues to stealthily taste the category again. The former teammate of Daniel Ricciardo had notably taken advantage twice of the troubles of another German Sebastian Vettel to find the seats of F1. And while the quadruple world champion is preparing to bow out, Hülkenberg is therefore preparing to make his return, through the front door this time, three years after being dislodged by Ocon. “I am delighted to return to F1 as a starter. I feel like I never left F1. I am delighted to be able to take this opportunity to do what I love the most again and I thank Gene Haas and Günther Steiner for their confidence. At Haas, a German hunts another.