The German, who was a brilliant sub final yr after filling in at Racing Level for 3 race weekends, did not land a full-time drive for this yr however will keep a detailed contact with the collection.
Talking on Austrian channel ServusTV, with whom he’ll work as a pundit for in 2021, Hulkenberg mentioned that he had finalised a deal to be on name for 2 groups this yr.
“[I will work] as a reserve driver for Aston Martin and in addition for Mercedes in chosen races,” he mentioned.
As previously reported by Autosport, the Mercedes demand is for these occasions the place its common reserves Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries aren’t out there due to conflicts with their Method E commitments.
There are at present three direct clashes of F1 and FE races this yr.
The Spanish Grand Prix on 9 Could clashes with Monaco FE, the Monaco GP on 23 Could clashes with the Marrakesh FE occasion, and the Azerbaijan GP on 6 June clashes with Santiago.
Moreover, the Santiago double header, allied to ongoing journey restrictions due to coronavirus, may make issues troublesome for Vandoorne and de Vries to get to the Canadian GP on 13 June.
It’s understood that the Hulkenberg deal means he could be out there to Mercedes at these occasions the place Vandoorne and de Vries are busy elsewhere.
Nico Hulkenberg, Racing Level, Method 1 Eifel Grand Prix 2020
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Hülkenberg proved his value instead at Racing Level in 2020, when he changed each Sergio Perez (at Silverstone) and Lance Stroll (on the Nurburgring) within the cockpit following coronavirus infections. He began two of these races and scored factors on each events.
Between 2010 and 2020, the 33-year-old took half in 178 F1 races for Williams, Pressure India, Sauber, Renault and Racing Level, however by no means completed on the rostrum.
Along with Hülkenberg, longtime Mercedes take a look at driver Esteban Gutierrez has additionally been given a brand new position after being named as a model and enterprise ambassador.
He’ll work with workforce administration, the industrial division and advertising sooner or later to assist domesticate enterprise relations within the Latin American market.