Nico Hulkenberg a number one candidate for Haas in 2023
Hulkenberg final raced full-time in F1 with Renault in 2019 however has made a handful of substitute appearances for Racing Level and Aston Martin within the years since as a COVID-19 stand-in.
Hulkenberg has relationship with Haas boss Guenther Steiner and is taken into account an skilled and dependable driver for a group seeking to transfer up the aggressive order subsequent season.
With Daniel Ricciardo wanting more and more prone to sit out the 2023 season, Haas’ critical choices now seem to have whittled down to a few: retaining Mick Schumacher, or changing him with Hulkenberg or Antonio Giovinazzi.
Though a Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen pairing would carry up recollections of their memorable spat after the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix, the 2 are identified to be gone that incident.
Sources have advised ESPN that Magnussen has endorsed the transfer given the expertise Hulkenberg, who has 181 F1 race begins to this identify, would carry the group.
Ferrari reserve driver Giovinazzi took half in Friday follow for Haas on the Italian Grand Prix and can accomplish that forward of the U.S. Grand Prix in October however Steiner has downplayed the importance of these checks, saying Ferrari requested for him to get some mileage in new F1 vehicles.
Whereas a couple of months in the past it appeared nearly sure Schumacher could be leaving the group, his latest type has strengthened his case to be retained for 2023.
Schumacher, son of seven-time world champion Michael, accrued a hefty restore invoice for Haas earlier within the yr however scored factors in Britain and Austria.
Though Haas has dropped down the order in latest months Schumacher’s latest performances, particularly in qualifying, have impressed Steiner.
Haas is in no rush to decide and it’s unlikely the group will resolve earlier than the Singapore Grand Prix on Oct. 3.
Hulkenberg can be believed to be a candidate for the vacant function at Alpine.
Pierre Gasly gave the impression to be main the best way for that seat however the different key a part of the deal, U.S. driver Colton Herta getting a superlicence so he may substitute the Frenchman at AlphaTauri, appears unlikely to occur, which means Gasly’s transfer has hit a roadblock.
F2 racer and Alpine academy driver Jack Doohan, son of Moto GP legend Mick, emerged as a number one candidate over the Italian Grand Prix weekend.
With Alpine shedding academy drivers Oscar Piastri to McLaren and Zhou Guanyu to Alfa Romeo over the previous few years it’s believed the group is eager to verify it doesn’t make the identical mistake with Doohan, though some really feel he wants one other season of F2 underneath his belt earlier than making the step up.