Nico Hulkenberg will return to Formula One next season, replacing Mick Schumacher at Haas F1 Team, the American squad confirmed on Thursday.
German driver Nico Hulkenberg will contest the 2023 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, featuring a record-breaking 24 Grand Prix, making his full-time return to the series, pairing Dane Kevin Magnussen at Haas F1 Team.
Following the official announcement, the driver commented: “I’m very happy to move into a full-time race seat with Haas F1 Team in 2023. I feel like I never really left Formula 1.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to do what I love the most again and want to thank Gene Haas and Gunther Steiner for their trust. We have work ahead of us to be able to compete with all the other teams in the midfield, and I cannot wait to join that battle again.”
In 2020, a season disrupted by the Covid-19 outbreak, the man who has summed up 521 points since his debut in the series (2010) made three appearances throughout the year with former team Racing Point.
Moreover, during the past two seasons, he has acted as a reserve and development driver for the British outfit, renamed Aston Martin F1 Team.
The partnership saw him back on track at the opening round of the 2022 season in Bahrain and again at the Saudi Arabian GP, standing in for Sebastian Vettel, who tested positive for Covid-19.
Haas driver line-up ahead of 2023 relies on experience behind the wheel with Magnussen, 30, who last week claimed the first pole position in the series for the team at the Sao Paulo GP Sprint, and Hulkenberg, a poleman himself in Brazil as well, with Williams back in 2010.
In that regard, Guenther Steiner, Team Principal, Haas F1 Team, outlined: “I’m naturally very pleased to be welcoming Nico Hulkenberg back to a full-time racing role in Formula 1.”
“The experience and knowledge base Nico brings to the team is clear to see with nearly 200 career starts in Formula 1 and a reputation as being a great qualifier and a solid, reliable racer.”
Adding: “These are attributes, which when you pair them together with Kevin Magnussen’s experience, gives us a very credible and well-seasoned driver line-up which we believe will help push the team onwards up the grid.”
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