Hulkenberg is Seeing the ‘Fun’ Grosjean is Having: IndyCar Team Owner Fuels Fire to Rumours

Published 07/30/2021, 11:57 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Racing Point’s Nico Hulkenberg in action during qualifying. Pool via REUTERS/Ina Fassbender


Nico Hulkenberg’s name has made the rounds of the F1 drivers market. However, the ‘Hulk’ seems to be in demand as Ed Carpenter seems to want him in his IndyCar team.

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Nico left the F1 paddock in 2019 and has since made a couple of appearances on the track. He is currently the reserve driver for Aston Martin Racing, but will Nico Hulkenberg shift to IndyCar?

Ed Carpenter, who competes in the series for his own team, claims to be in contact with Nico. He says, “I think he’s definitely interested in coming over here to try out the IndyCar at least in a test.”

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Carpenter is trying to give Hulkenberg a chance to try out for Ed Carpenter Racing, and he is confident the former F1 driver will be interested.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – NOVEMBER 29: Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Renault Sport F1 prepares to drive in the garage during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on November 29, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

Carpenter explains“I think he and other riders got even more interest because they saw what Romain Grosjean has done here and how much fun he’s having here. It opened a lot of people’s eyes and showed them what really their options are.”

Will Nico Hulkenberg follow Grosjean’s footsteps?

Many popular drivers have shifted gears to IndyCar and have felt comfortable doing it- Nigel Mansell and Emerson Fittipaldi, to name a few.

While Nico Hulkenberg missed out on setting foot on the F1 podium, maybe Carpenter gives him a better chance of achieving the same with IndyCar.

Romain Grosjean is the latest driver to transition from F1 to IndyCar. The Phoenix found his place at IndyCar after Racing Point shut the door on him. The Dale Coyne driver has already claimed pole position in the GMR GP of Indianapolis as a rookie.

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While Grosjean makes his debut at the Oval, Hulkenberg waits on the sidelines for Aston Martin. The former Renault driver was skillful in Formula One. Surely, he misses the track.

If he cannot make it to the 2022 roster, it may be best for him to consider his chances at IndyCar. However, Carpenter remains cautious.

He says, “Don’t think he’s ready to say he wants to come here and race here. I think he’s so curious about the IndyCar that he’d like to try it out…”

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It’s possible that the hopes of an extended F1 career are stopping Nico from committing to anything. The ‘Hulkenback’ dream is still very real, but Nico doesn’t seem to be a driver who sits back and observes- away from all the action.

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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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