Nico Hulkenberg to return to full-time racing in Formula 1 with Haas in 2023

Nico Hulkenberg to return to full-time racing in Formula 1 with Haas in 2023

Nico Hulkenberg will make a full-time racing return to Formula 1 with Haas in 2023, replacing Mick Schumacher.

The German, 35, left F1 at the end of 2019 but has since made five substitute appearances for Racing Points and Aston Martin, most recently standing in for Sebastian Vettel for the first two races this year.

He has started 181 Grands Prix – driving for Williams, Force India, Sauber, Renault, Racing Point and Aston Martin – and has played the role of reserve driver for Aston Martin for the past two seasons.

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Hulkenberg scored 521 points, fourth in career high finishes – plus one pole position, achieved at the Brazilian Grand Prix in his rookie season in 2010 with Williams.

“I am naturally very pleased to welcome Nico Hulkenberg back to a full-time racing role in Formula 1,” said Haas boss Guenther Steiner.

“The experience and knowledge base that Nico brings to the team is clear to see – almost 200 career starts in Formula 1 – and a great competence and reputation as a solid, reliable racer. These attributes, when you combine that with Kevin Magnussen’s experience, give us a very credible and well-seasoned driver line-up that we believe will help lead the team forward on the grid.

“It’s clearly the aim and it’s that ambition that prompted Nico to return to Formula 1 – he shares our vision and can be a key player alongside the rest of the team, building on the foundations we’ve laid this year. Our return to the points battle.”

Hulkenberg added: “I am very happy to be moving into a full-time race seat with the Haas F1 Team in 2023. I feel like I never really left Formula 1. I am excited to be able to do what I love most again and would like to thank Jean Haas and Guenther Steiner for their trust.

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“We have work ahead of us to be able to compete with all the other teams in midfield and I can’t wait to join that battle again.”

Hulkenberg will start work for Haas after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Tuesday, driving this year’s car as part of Pirelli testing, with reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi taking over as the young driver in the second car.

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