Multiple reports suggest Nico Hulkenberg could return to the Formula 1 grid next year with Haas F1 Team.
Current driver Kevin Magnussen, who achieved a shock pole in qualifying over the weekend, will be staying at Haas next year but his teammate Mick Schumacher looks to be on his way out.
That leaves a free seat for a driver like Hulkenberg who last raced in the sport for Renault (now Alpine F1 Team) back in 2019.
Haas team boss Gunther Steiner confirmed at the Brazilian Grand Prix that a decision had been made with regard to who will be behind the wheel of the second Haas car but didn’t provide a name.
However, he said that the driver announcement will be made sometime this week.
“Expect the announcement some time next week,” said Steiner.
“I’m not going to tell you the day, because everyone will be waiting for that day – but it will be coming next week.”
Hulkenberg was a bit of a fan favourite throughout his career even though he never managed to win a race during his nine full seasons in F1.
He has however made multiple appearances on the grid in the past few years as a reserve driver. He filled in for Aston Martin F1 Team’s Sebastian Vettel at the start of this year when the four-time world champion contracted COVID-19.
As for Schumacher, he currently has nowhere to go with all of seats soon to be filled after Haas announce their second driver.
While we can only speculate, Hulkenberg will be welcomed back to the paddock with open arms if he gets the role.
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