Wolff Teases Nico Hulkenberg as Mercedes’ Third F1 Reserve Driver

Published 03/03/2021, 5:11 AM EST
SUZUKA, JAPAN – OCTOBER 11: Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Renault Sport F1 walks in the Paddock after practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit on October 11, 2019 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Recently, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff spoke about bringing Nico Hulkenberg to the team as a reserve driver. The Silver Arrows launched their 2021 challenger yesterday, and at the event, Wolff said he could see the German behind the wheel of the Mercedes.

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The German has been out of a drive since leaving Renault in 2019. However, Hulkenberg did make an appearance on the grid last year, He did step in for Lance Stroll and Checo Perez when they contracted Covid-19

The Silver Arrows already have a talented driver line-up with the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas piloting the W12 on the track. But having Hulkenberg as their reserve driver is certainly a spring in Mercedes steps as they take to the grid in 2021

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NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Racing Point reacts in parc ferme during the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone in Northampton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

It’s a matter of when, says Wolff about Nico Hulkenberg

In an interview with Sky Sports, The Austrian boss said, “The question is not when the decision will be made, but when it will be announced.” (translated via Google)

“We all know what he can do and that he is one of the top drivers who somehow didn’t get this last chance at To drive a top team, because in my opinion it could certainly convince. Having such a resource in the team is of course interesting. Of course we are not averse to that either.”

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – SEPTEMBER 19: Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Renault Sport F1 walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 19, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)The German is truly an underrated driver and has extreme potential, as shown when he drove the Racing Point car at Silverstone earlier this year. If he joins the team as reserve driver, the Silver Arrows would have an amazing alternative option in case one of their drivers isn’t available.

However, the current backup driver, Stoffel Vandoorne, but Wolff’s comments further speculate that the German be their reserve driver on the grid for the 2021 season

The Silver Arrows seem to be unstoppable

The reigning champions Mercedes took their seventh constructor’s title last year. The Brackley-based team has ensured that their star driver, Lewis Hamilton, will be behind the wheel next year. The Knight himself is looking to seat a record by winning his eighth championship.

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However, it should be noted both their drivers, Hamilton and Bottas have just one year left on their contract. That is a problem for another day, but now the team is laser-focused on making sure that they perform their best for the upcoming season.

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)

The team goes to Bahrain for pre-season testing where their new car will be at its best. Mercedes will stay in the desert till the 28th of March, for the opening race of the season is set on the same circuit. Will the Hulk be able to step whenever the Silver Arrows need him, only time will tell.

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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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