German driver, Nico Hulkenberg, will now see his hiatus from the Formula 1 scene cut short over speculations of him signing with reigning champs Mercedes and their customer team Aston Martin, on a reserve driver contract. The ex-Renault (now Alpine) man impressed the grid and the fans in 2020 when he came in as stand-ins on different occasions for Racing Point’s duo of Perez and Stroll.
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Discussions have now concluded to formalize his position, with Hulkenberg now ready to step in for both Hamilton or Bottas whenever the German manufacturer needs him to.
This decision did not come as a surprise because earlier this year we saw the two designated reserve drivers of Mercedes; Nyck De Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne. Both of them are preoccupied with their duties at Mercedes’ Formula E campaign, with multiple events clashing between FE and F1. Additionally, the Santiago double-header, allied to ongoing travel restrictions due to the coronavirus, might make it a bit difficult for the pair to get to the Canadian GP on June 13.
“We all know what he’s capable of,” he stated to Sky Germany “(he is) one of the top drivers who somehow didn’t get that last chance to drive for a top team. To have such a resource in the team is of course interesting. We are open to that, of course.”