Welcome to GPFans

CHOOSE YOUR COUNTRY

  • NL
  • GB
  • FR
  • ES-MX
  • GB
Hulkenberg reveals F1 return project trigger
WK2022
Verstappen slates street events as Brawn confirms retirement despite Ferrari link - GPFans F1 Recap
24
F1 LIVE - Verstappen gets MotoGP lesson from six-time champion Marquez
Russell reveals "biggest lesson" of F1 career
Did the 2022 F1 regulations work? - GPFans Stewards' Room Podcast
1
Brawn makes "sofa" pledge as F1 retirement confirmed
Steiner breaks the internet with Haas PR stunt
Saudi Arabian GP track altered after talks with FIA and F1 drivers
Hill reveals thinking behind Schumacher Haas exit
2
Verstappen delivers damning street track verdict
4
Brawn linked with stunning Ferrari return as Binotto replacement
Hamilton 'blown away by comeback' in latest title success
1
McLaren address Porsche speculation
Why Mercedes' record-breaking streak is unlikely to be matched
Horner touts Vettel for future F1 management role
Hulkenberg reveals F1 return project trigger

Hulkenberg reveals F1 return project trigger

Hulkenberg reveals F1 return project trigger

Hulkenberg reveals F1 return project trigger

Nico Hulkenberg has explained why 2023 is the perfect time to execute 'project return' after three years on the sidelines.

The German will return to F1 action next year after replacing Mick Schumacher at Haas, ending a three-year sabbatical that started at the end of the 2019 season.

Hulkenberg had become the super-sub of the paddock during his time without a full-time drive as he filled in for Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel when the sport dealt with the effects of Covid.

“After ’19, that was what I wanted and what I needed, a break," said the 35-year-old.

"Obviously, I wasn’t a third driver or anything so I really had the time to step back and disconnect from it properly.

“Then it was Covid-time so there was not much going on. Once the 2020 season started, obviously, soon after that, I came to Silverstone to replace Checo [Perez] but it was good for me to have time away to digest and reflect on some things and change my perspective a little bit too.

“Of course, sometimes it is difficult when you have to watch and you are on the sidelines but I think at that time it was still ok for me in 2021."

But things changed for Hulkenberg during the most recent season, leading him to contact Haas team principal Guenther Steiner during the summer to gauge his chances.

“This year, watching got a little harder, especially when you are analysing what you see and you think you can do better in places," he added.

“So I started the return project.”

Ontdek het op Google Play