Nico Hulkenberg Jokes About Losing Out on Red Bull Seat: ‘Then I Will Cry’

Published 04/26/2021, 5:35 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)


Nico Hulkenberg has been out of Formula One since 2019. However, we did get a chance to see the Hulk when he stepped in for Racing Point last season. He certainly did impress a few teams at the paddock and was in talks with Red Bull. However, Sergio Perez showed his talents and ended up being offered the contract. Now, seeing the Milton-Keynes do well certainly hurts Hulkenberg.

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However, things aren’t too bad for the German driver. He is currently a reserve driver for Mercedes as well as Aston Martin, and will step in whenever the opportunity arises.

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The 2021 season still has a long way to go, and fans can’t wait to see the Hulk back on the track, fighting against his rivals. He might just be able to prove Red Bull wrong, if given the chance.

Nico Hulkenberg says seeing Red Bull do so well haunts him

Speaking to Ziggo Sport, as quoted by PlanetF1, Hulkenberg said, “I’d better not watch Red Bull because then I will cry. I don’t think about it. I’ve been in talks with the team throughout the second half of last year.”

MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 06: Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Renault Sport F1 looks on in the garage during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“The last few races, that period when Perez started to do really well, that victory in Bahrain, then it was over,” Nico concluded.

Mercedes would’ve signed Hulkenberg if Hamilton didn’t join the team, reveals Brawn

It is hard not to see Lewis Hamilton when thinking of Mercedes. However, Ross Brawn revealed that if Lewis hadn’t put pen to paper all those years ago, they would have opted for the German instead.

Brawn said, “I almost signed him years ago, when I was in charge at Mercedes. If Lewis hadn’t joined Mercedes when he did, Nico was our next choice.”

MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 06: Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Renault Sport F1 looks on in the garage during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2019 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“I’ve always respected Nico enormously as a driver. He’s a very strong driver who should be in Formula 1,” Brawn explained.

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The Silver Arrows have their seats occupied by Hamilton and Bottas, but if the need arises, Hulkenberg would be given the opportunity to prove to himself and everyone else that he isn’t done with F1 yet.

What do you think about Nico, would he have succeeded at Mercedes if he had joined? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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