Nico Hulkenberg is the ‘favourite’ to replace Mick Schumacher in 2023, reports Auto Motor und Sport.
Mick Schumacher’s results have improved over the summer, but that may not be enough to convince Haas F1 Team to keep him for the 2023 season. Schumacher, 23, is set to leave Ferrari’s driver academy at the end of the season, losing the pillar of support he has enjoyed with the Ferrari-owned team since his promotion to F1 in 2021.
Both Alpine and Williams have vacancies for 2023, but Mick Schumacher has been sacked by McLaren and Daniel Ricciardo faces fierce competition, with a number of coveted candidates for the latter.
Last weekend at Zandvoort, Haas F1 team boss Guenther Steiner said he was in no rush to nominate a driver to be Kevin Magnussen’s teammate in 2023.
However, according to Auto Motor und Sport, F1 supersub Nico Hulkenberg is now top of the Haas F1 team’s list to take over the wheel from Mick Schumacher.
Veteran Nico Hulkenberg, 35, had his last full season in Formula 1 in 2011 with Renault. In 2020, Hulkenberg replaced Racing Point drivers Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll in three races affected by the coronavirus.
This year Nico Hulkenberg remains with the team under a name change to a certain Aston Martin F1 as reserve driver, replacing Sebastian Vettel, who tested positive for COVID-19, in the first two races of the season. , Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
After his Aston Martin F1 race, Nico Hulkenberg said he would continue to pursue a full-time Formula 1 effort if the opportunity presented itself.
Nico Dülkenberg holds the infamous F1 record (181) as the driver who has started the most races in his career without scoring a podium.