After shedding his final full-time F1 drive with Renault on the finish of the 2019 season, Hulkenberg took half in three occasions for the Aston group that was then often called Racing Level over the last marketing campaign on the events when its common drivers have been unable to race after contracting COVID-19.
Hulkenberg entered the 2 races at Silverstone instead of Sergio Perez after he examined constructive for COVID on the eve of the British GP weekend, though Hulkenberg didn’t begin the race after a bolt in his automotive’s clutch sheared forward of the beginning. He would go on to take seventh from a sensational third on the grid, within the subsequent 70th Anniversary GP.
He then stood in for Lance Stroll within the Eifel GP after the Canadian felt unwell throughout apply – he was additionally solely recognized with COVID after leaving the occasion on the Nurburgring – and Hulkenberg completed eighth after solely collaborating in qualifying and the race.
“Initially, it’s nice to get this deal signed up with loads of discover – final 12 months, I didn’t have fairly as a lot time to arrange earlier than leaping within the automotive,” stated Hulkenberg, who raced for the squad in its Drive India guise in 2012 and between 2014-2016.
“I’m actually happy to as soon as once more work with this group – with whom I’ve pushed many instances throughout my profession.
“Clearly, I’m hoping that Sebastian [Vettel, who has replaced Perez for 2021 at the rebranded Aston squad] and Lance take pleasure in uninterrupted seasons this 12 months, however the group is aware of it could possibly depend on me to step in and do a wonderful job, and I’m absolutely ready to tackle that problem.
“It is going to even be fascinating to assist develop the group via the season, and I’m actually wanting ahead to pulling nice lap-times out of my arm sleeve.”
Nico Hulkenberg, Racing Level RP20, Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF1000
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Aston Martin group principal and CEO Otmar Szafnauer added: “We’re delighted to have the ability to welcome Nico again to the group in an official capability, as reserve and improvement driver for [the] Aston Martin System 1 group.
“In these tough instances, the requirement for a succesful and skilled reserve driver is particularly vital.
“Nico proved final 12 months that he might soar within the automotive and carry out fantastically at a second’s discover; now, with extra scope for preparation and integration, we all know that we will depend on Nico to do a wonderful job.”