But any hopes of developing its W12 to surpass Red Bull's RB16B in terms of outright speed could not have come at a worse time. Apr.8 - Nico Hulkenberg has kicked off his new role as Aston Martin and Mercedes reserve in 2021 by getting a taste of the cars in the simulator. "We are in talks with Hulkenberg, for example, as a television commentator and expert for ServusTV. The German is now without a race seat in 2021 but may get the chance to work as a reserve driver. For while Yuki Tsunoda is impressing in F2, Marko thinks it is too early to promote him straight to Red Bull, so he would be better off at AlphaTauri. I don't think that anyone would get closer than three tenths. "Then I saw that he was gradually getting closer to Perez's times. So there is still a chance that Albon will be replaced at Red Bull. Hats off. "We can call the names that are available on the market," said Marko. "This is Hulkenberg and this is Perez. … Red Bull Lineups 2. 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"Up to now we have always recruited our drivers from our own junior squad. Pierre Gasly is performing well, and there is the option of Nico Hulkenberg or Sergio Perez. For many, many years Formula 1 has strived to do and to be better on all fronts. It hasn’t exactly been a fairytale return to F1 for ex-Renault and Force India racer Nico Hulkenberg as he stepped in for Sergio Perez last weekend, however he revealed on Thursday that he’s already spoken to team principals around the paddock about a seat for 2021. Now equipped with a Red Bull car that is, right now, the world title favourite and the experience to support his talent, could 2021 be the Dutchman’s year to topple the dominant force of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes? The former Renault driver, who became Racing Point's 'super sub' last year by filling in for the team's regular drivers … Alfa Romeo Lineup 4. ", "So we would have to go the way most other teams do, to rely on proven drivers. 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Pierre Gasly. Red Bull says Nico Hulkenberg could be an option for the team in 2021, after revealing that it even spoke to the German about driving in F1's Eifel Grand Prix Red Bull eyeing Nico Hulkenberg as one of their 2021 options. "So I'm all the more grateful that it went the way it did to get to this moment.". Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton took victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix despite, for a change, not having the quickest car. Hulkenberg not dwelling on missed Red Bull chance, coy on reserve rumours Inside Racing 04:58 12-Mar-21 DTM failed to land Hulkenberg, Villeneuve PlanetF1.com 23:04 11-Mar-21 Hulkenberg takes aim at 'rubbish, no good' Sprint Race plan F1i.com 17:08 11-Mar-21 The British-born Thai driver did himself no favours in Bahrain on Friday with a heavy crash. Daniel Ricciardo’s former teammate Nico Hulkenberg’s career in Formula 1 still has a heartbeat after Red Bull dramatically opened the door to his return in 2021. Kimi Raikkonen's emergence as a Formula 1 star in his rookie campaign remains one of the legendary storylines from 2001, but his exploits had an unwanted impact on his Sauber teammate's own prospects. His afternoon was derailed by a major lock-up on the first lap which prompted an early change for tyres. As for Verstappen naming him as his preferred 2021 teammate, Hulkenberg joked: "Verstappen? Aston Martin have named Nico Hulkenberg as their reserve and development Formula One driver for the 2021 season. As long as he is in the green zone, there is simply no cockpit available.". Indeed, the 33-year-old is Max Verstappen's preferred pick to replace endangered Red Bull driver Alex Albon for 2021. And to put him in a top team like Red Bull Racing for the first year would risk burning him out. The revelation about Hulkenberg comes in the wake of renewed speculation about Albon's long-term future at Red Bull in the wake of what many felt was a disappointing outing at the Eifel Grand Prix for the Thai driver. Nico Hulkenberg has kicked off his new role as Aston Martin and Mercedes reserve in 2021 by getting a taste of the cars in the simulator. How Do Drivers Stay Fit For F1 Grand Prix? RED BULL ENGINE PLAN HEADING FOR COMPROMISE, HULKENBERG HOT FOR CHANCE AT 2021 RED BULL SEAT, F1 DRIVERS SLAM PIRELLI'S PROPOSED 2021 TYRE, SCHUMACHER WANTED RAIKKONEN AS FIRST F1 TEAMMATE, PIRELLI BOSS TIPS HAMILTON TO KEEP DOMINATING. But it could have been so different, says Nigel Roebuck. Where will Nico Hulkenberg drive in F1 2021? "My missions were very short and very concentrated, but I like crazy challenges," he told Sport1. Marko said Red Bull wants to make a decision about its line-up by the Turkish Grand Prix in November, with the ball in Albon's court. Red Bull is yet to decide whether it will stick with Alex Albon or twist with Sergio Perez or Nico Hulkenberg next season. That Red Bull might be eyeing Nico comes from former F1 driver and current pundit, Ralf Schumacher. "We do have a Japanese who is very fast, but this would be his first year. The question is how far away they would be from Max? "Seriously, I get along very well with him but at the moment I am not getting carried away with such thoughts. "If it doesn't work out then I'll keep looking. "You have to take into account that he knows the Racing Point from his previous races, but it was certainly a very difficult situation. How Formula 1's Bargeboards Became So Complicated, My Job in F1: Emma | Aero Performance Engineer, Sainz’s Ferrari euphoria "contagious" for team, says Leclerc. The 33-year-old veteran stood in for Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll last season when the Silverstone-based team competed as Racing Point, with both drivers testing positive for COVID-19. When asked what securing the Red Bull seat would mean to him, Hulkenberg compared it to several years ago when he was rumoured to be close to signing for Ferrari. With close competition, a growing fanbase, a stable political landscape and rules in place to encourage sustainability, 2021 is on course to provide an unexpected peak, Williams held out against the tide for many years but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, the age of the owner-manager is long gone. Hulkenberg says he is surprised to be a favourite for the seat along with Sergio Perez. We followed the times. "On good days, Albon is also able to create this proximity to Max. Nico Hulkenberg, Racing Point, and Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Formula 1 (Photo by ANDREW BOYERS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) NASCAR: … Hulkenberg has only featured this season as a replacement driver for Racing Point — but has impressed in his three Grands Prix since he was left without a seat following the 2019 game of musical chairs which saw Esteban Ocon replace … Max Verstappen lost out to Lewis Hamilton at the Bahrain Grand Prix by a tiny margin, slipping off the track just as victory was within his grasp. That is the situation. "No, I couldn't have expected that," he admitted. The German previously raced for the team during their spells as … Daniel Ricciardo’s former teammate Nico Hulkenberg’s career in Formula 1 still has a heartbeat after Red Bull dramatically opened the door to his return in 2021. And more generally I also feel how much I miss the competition.". Esteban Ocon was his replacement at Renault and Hulkenberg did not find a new place. Red Bull says Nico Hulkenberg could be an option for the team in 2021, after revealing that it even spoke to the German about driving at the Nurburgring. It looks like Nico Hulkenberg will be extra busy in this year’s Formula 1 as Aston Martin have recently signed him as their reserve driver. At the end of 2019, Hulkenberg lost his place in Formula 1. Nico Hulkenberg holds no grudges against Red Bull for passing him over for a 2021 race seat, but hasn’t given up on 2022 and a possible comeback. We are not planning to do that. Williams and Mercedes debacle involving Russell 3. But there's nobody here at the moment," added Marko. Aston Martin’s only previous foray into Formula 1 in the late 1950s was a short-lived and unsuccessful affair. While Red Bull has previously been resolute that its preference is to promote drivers from within its own junior programme, Marko says the situation is different now. Max Verstappen’s star quality in Formula 1 is clear. Nico Hulkenberg has admitted he is "extremely hot" at the prospect of landing a plum Red Bull seat for his full-time return to Formula 1 in 2021. Speaking to German channel Sport1, Marko said: "We were already in talks with Hulkenberg on Friday, because Albon, like many others, had an inconclusive test result. A great performance.". Last year super sub Hulkenberg … Nico Hulkenberg joins Aston Martin as their official F1 reserve 08 April 2021 - 14:46 By Reuters Nico Hulkenberg has signed as Aston Martin's reserve and development driver for the 2021 … "To get another opportunity like this in the autumn of my career - I'm extremely hot for it. "We have comparisons with [Daniel] Ricciardo and we can draw conclusions about where the drivers stand. "I think the worst thing that can happen to a driver is to get into a car for qualifying," he said. Red Bull often looks to stay within its own talent pool, but they could be forced outside it for 2021. The German lost his Renault seat at the end of 2019, but emerged as the 'super-sub' at Racing Point this year when Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll missed races. In today's news video: 1. "It is actually impossible for a world championship if you only have one car in the action. . At times [Pierre] Gasly and [Daniil] Kvyat were also close to him. Albon is young, but we are aware that if he can't stand the pressure, we can't afford to be standing on one leg when it comes to the world championship. Nico Hulkenberg has kicked off his new role as Aston Martin and Mercedes reserve in 2021 by getting a taste of the cars in the simulator. "We are actually already clear about three positions," said Marko, in reference to the likelihood of Tsunoda stepping up with AlphaTauri alongside Pierre Gasly. Nico Hulkenberg to race for Red Bull in 2021 The rumours are building up around Hulkenberg gaining a Red Bull seat next year, with Albon having a risk of losing his spot in the team. But we are not there yet. Twenty years on from his first F1 podium at the Brazilian GP, here's how Nick Heidfeld's career was chilled by the Iceman. I have nothing specific but there are various enquiries from other racing series," said the German. In the wake of an inconclusive coronavirus test for Alex Albon before the weekend, Red Bull's motorsport advisor Helmut Marko says that he talked to Hulkenberg about the possibility of being a stand in. Aston Martin signs Nico Hulkenberg as reserve driver for 2021 ... Perez has since left, moving to Red Bull, with Germany's four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel arriving from Ferrari. ", Hamilton: Ex-F1 stars have "bee in their bonnet" over success, Bottas: Eifel GP win was still possible after Turn 1 mistake. Additionally, the fact that Perez is just 30 years old, means that his peak years lie ahead of him. After AlphaTuari confirmed Frenchman Pierre Gasly for next season, the attention has turned to who will be Max Verstappen’s teammate at Red Bull. It seems like Max Verstappen has reportedly told his bosses at Red Bull that he would prefer Nico Hülkenberg who is out of seat right now. "We want to make the fourth one by Istanbul in mid-November at the latest. After all, we have the rights for Austria next year, alternating with ORF. Hence, looking at all the aspects, Perez would be the more logical choice to take the second seat at Red Bull. Current Red Bull driver Sergio Perez lost out to Nico Hulkenberg at Force India in 2014. But thank god it turned out that Albon was negative after all.". In the end, Albon's retest proved negative before, coincidentally, Hulkenberg was called up by Racing Point the following day after Lance Stroll was taken ill. Red Bull is much more relaxed about Albon's form though, and believes he has the potential to be as close to Verstappen as it wants him to be. "It could have turned out to be positive. I think I've heard of him. Right after landing I called Hulkenberg, because our suspected case was Albon. Red Bull motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko has revealed both Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg are in the running for a Red Bull race seat next season.. Making way for Sebastian Vettel at Racing Point at the end of the year, Perez is currently without a drive for 2021, a situation he shares with Nico Hulkenberg. Compared to Hulkenberg, who is currently 33, Perez represents as someone Red Bull could sign for a minimum of four to five years. Red Bull says Nico Hulkenberg could be an option for the team in 2021, after revealing that it even spoke to the German about driving at the Nurburgring. "He gradually improved during the race, did nothing stupid and drove the car to a commanding eighth place. Is Formula 1 as good as it has ever been now? Marko also revealed that Red Bull has been in regular contact with Hulkenberg for several months, but not about a race seat just yet. "I'm grateful that I got the chance because otherwise my name would certainly have been said a lot less than it is now.". Nico Hulkenberg has admitted he is "extremely hot" at the prospect of landing a plum Red Bull seat for his full-time return to Formula 1 in 2021. Nico Hulkenberg was a long-time contender for the Red Bull Racing seat in 2021, but it fell through the cracks. Later on he got a penalty for his part in an incident with Daniil Kvyat before eventually retiring after a stone pierced a radiator on his car. That's just the situation.". However, Marko admits that the team needs Albon to perform at his best and, if not, then the obvious options for the team are Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez. Nikita Mazepin’s Formula 1 debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix lasted mere corners before he wiped himself out in a shunt, but his financial backing affords him a full season. The German lost his Renault seat at the end of 2019, but emerged as the 'super-sub' at Racing Point this … Red Bull, Alfa Romeo and Haas options explained The German could be the most reliable option available to … Here’s the story of his very short time at motorsport’s pinnacle. ", Nico Hulkenberg, Racing Point celebrates in Parc Ferme with Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing and Daniel Ricciardo, Renault F1. Nico Hulkenberg to Red Bull: Speculation is rife that Max Verstappen has asked for Nico Hulkenberg as teammate in Red Bull for 2021, in place of Alex Albon. Whereas, he is also linked with other Formula 1 teams, which could guarantee his return in the sport . "The performance [of Albon] at the Nurburgring was satisfactory. These are the first talks. The younger brother of Michael Schumacher, Ralf is someone who has a reputation of … Back in 1993 though, Marco Apicella was an F1 driver for just 800m before a first corner fracas ended his career. However, he would be in action in … Laurence Edmondson weighs up the team's options. Red Bull is yet to finalise the teammate for Max Verstappen for the 2021 season and with Pierre Gasly been re-signed for the 2021 season at sister team AlphaTauri, there is one lesser option for Red Bull. ", Asked what factors would drive the final decision, Marko said: "Primarily it is the performance of Albon.