Big Blow for McLaren as Nico Hulkenberg Announces Disheartening IndyCar News

Published 11/04/2021, 6:58 AM EDT
SUZUKA, JAPAN – Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Renault Sport F1 walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


Recently, F1 veteran Nico Hulkenberg tested for McLaren’s IndyCar team, Arrow. This triggered the possibility of Hulkenberg being the next F1 driver to get behind the wheel of an IndyCar. However, now, a week after the test, Hulkenberg is reassessing his his options.

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Through a tweet, Hulkenberg updated his previously excited fans about the test with Arrow McLaren It was exciting to test an Indycar two weeks ago and I am grateful to Arrow McLaren for this opportunity.”

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Currently Aston Martin F1’s reserve driver, Hulkenberg gave his fans something to hold on to with a reassuring message.

“For personal reasons I decided not to go ahead with it. Keep you posted on my future plans. #WeRideOn.”

As the German looks for better prospects outside of F1 and now, it remains unsure if he has left out the possibility of an IndyCar appearance yet. Regardless, Hulkenberg is a man of talent and we will surely see him behind the steering wheel soon.

Nico Hulkenberg is ready to race

Nico Hulkenberg is infamous for having never set foot on a Formula 1 rostrum. However, fans and motorsport’s eminent personalities are well aware of the powerhouse of talent that the German is. After losing his seat at Renault for the 2021 season, Hulkenberg took on the duties of reserve driver; although not ideal, it kept him in the loop.

Now, as the F1 driver market closes, it was only practical to try out an alternate series. As the Hulk explained“Yeah, definitely. I’ve got to be realistic there, that this train [to be an F1 starter again] probably has left, especially, given today’s current situation. It is what it is.”

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Regardless of the series, it’s maintained that the German is restless to race again. When talking about IndyCar, Hulkenberg had passionately declared his need to get back into the fast lane.

“My desire still to race a single-seater car at the most competitive level possible that is available to me. And those cars are pretty cool, the racing is good. It looks very enjoyable and fun.”

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Till then, we wait. While “Bring Hulkenback” is still on the agenda, Nico will have to find the car that he is the most comfortable with. The Arrow McLaren decision was unfortunate, but the motorsport world still awaits the day Nico Hulkenberg steps on the podium.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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