OFFICIAL: Nico Hulkenberg returns to F1 and replaces Mick Schumacher at Haas

That’s it, this time the grid is complete! Since the formalization of Logan Sargeant at williams (subject to obtaining its Super License), there was only one unknown left concerning the 2023 grid, and it concerned Haas. We actually knew Mick Schumacher on an ejection seat, especially since the Ferrari Driver Academy had made the decision not to renew it.

The son of the Red Baron will therefore find himself without a steering wheel next year. He will indeed leave his place to another German, Nico Hülkenberg (35), who has not been established since 2019 at Renault.

The one who was GP2 Series champion in 2009 had nevertheless participated in five races since his Renault years. Three with Racing Point in 2020 replacing Sergio Pérez then Lance Strolland two this season with Aston Martin to make up for the lack of Sebastian Vettel at the start of the season.

I am very happy to return to a starting position at Haas in 2023., commented Hulkenberg. I feel like I never really left the house Formula 1. I am very happy to have this opportunity and would like to thank Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner for their trust. We have our work cut out to compete with the other mid-table teams and I can’t wait to join this battle “.

After regretting having trusted two rookies in 2021 and being comforted by the decision to bring back Magnussen this year, Haas has therefore chosen an experienced duo with two boys used to the paddocks. “Hülk” has 181 Grand Prix starts since his first steps in 2010 with Williams.

I am naturally delighted to welcome Nico Hülkenbergsaid Guenther Steiner, Haas team principal. His experience and knowledge are well established. Nico is an excellent driver in qualifying and very reliable in the race. These qualities, combined with those of Kevin Magnussen give us a duo of experienced and credible drivers for next season. We are convinced that they will allow us to progress in the hierarchy “.

The agreement between Magnussen and Hülkenberg should not be a concern, since these two revealed to have buried the hatchet after several incidents on the track in the past which could have ended in bird names at the microphone of the journalists. .

For Schumacher, the future in the queen class is dotted. However, it is rumored that the son of seven-time world champion Michael could rebound as a reservist in a top team.

I would like to thank Mick Schumacher for his contribution to the team over the past two yearsadded Steiner. His potential was well known from the promotional formulas and he continued to grow and develop with Haas. Even though our paths diverge, the whole team wishes Mick the best in the next steps of his career. “.

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