Aston Martin Boss Gives a Positive Update on Nico Hulkenberg’s F1 Future

Published 02/05/2021, 5:22 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Racing Point’s Nico Hulkenberg in action during qualifying. Pool via REUTERS/Ina Fassbender


The 2021 F1 season is something that the Aston Martin Racing Team is looking forward to with a glimmer of hope. Not only will they compete with fresh resources and under a historic brand name, but also with four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel driving one of its cars.

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Amidst all that chatter, there is one name their fans might be forgetting – Nico Hulkenberg.

The general F1 community considers him worthy of a place on the grid, but again, like the previous season, the German finds himself without a drive. Though, in 2020, Racing Point named him as their reserve driver behind Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll.

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Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Fans display a banner in reference to Racing Point’s Nico Hulkenberg before the race Pool via REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Since the replacement driver’s role is still vacant at Aston Martin, it leaves us all wondering if they will continue with that relationship once again this season.

Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer offered an optimistic update for Hulkenberg’s fans.

When asked in an exclusive interview with RTL, if he would be their third driver for special situations, Szafnauer replied, “Could very well be. You know, there’s nothing to announce yet. But watch it and you know, we are close with Nico and we are in discussions with him. So, that would be great for us all.”

Nico Hulkenberg rose to the occasion for Racing Point last season

The German shares a special relationship with the workforce at Aston Martin, going back to their Force India days. When Renault announced his departure and he was left without a drive, they offered him a role. He performed admirably when required.

Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – October 11, 2020 Racing Point’s Nico Hulkenberg in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

When Perez tested positive for COVID-19 on the eve of the British GP, Nico replaced him for that weekend and the one after. During the 70th Anniversary GP, he out-qualified his teammate and put his car in third place.

More heroics were to come from him, as he replaced Stroll at the Eifel GP when the Canadian felt unwell. Having had no practice sessions, he qualified in last place. However, he finished the race in eighth place and earned the fans’ ‘Driver of the Day’ tag for his monumental efforts.

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So, even though he is unfortunately without a regular F1 drive, he should accept this limited offer. For who knows, an opportunity like this could present itself again.

Rising to the occasion once again will only hold him in good stead with any potential suitors.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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