Hülkenberg returns home

Hülkenberg returns home

The Haas team announced this Friday the transfer of 36-year-old German driver Nico Hulkenberg to Sauber-Audi next season.

Between Shanghai last Sunday and Miami in ten days, Formula 1 takes a break this week, but the news never stops, and major information fell this Friday, since it concerns a transfer for next season. Nico Hülkenberg will indeed leave the Haas team to join Sauber, which will become Audi from 2026 and the implementation of the new technical regulations. This is a return home for the 36-year-old German driver, who had already worn the colors of Sauber in 2013 (10th place in the world), between his two adventures with Force India.

The length of the contract has not been revealed, but it covers at least two seasons. “I have excellent memories of the team spirit that reigned in Switzerland. The prospect of competing for Audi is something very special. When a German manufacturer enters Formula 1 with such determination, it is a unique opportunity. Representing the factory team of such a car brand with a power unit made in Germany is a great honor for me,” reacted Nico Hülkenberg.

A pole and no podium for Hülkenberg

“With his speed, his experience and his commitment to teamwork, he will play an important role in the transformation of our team and the Audi F1 project,” said the boss of Sauber and the company. future Audi team Andreas Seidl. From the beginning, there was a great mutual interest in building something long-term together. Nico is a strong personality and his contribution, both professionally and personally, will help us progress both in the development of the car and in building the team. » Having also worked for Williams, Renault and Aston Martin, Nico Hülkenberg is one of the most experienced drivers in the paddock, with 208 starts. But he only signed one pole position (during his first season, with Williams, in Brazil in 2010), for no podium.

This year he has won four points and sits thirteenth in the drivers’ standings, driving a Haas seventh in the constructors’ standings.. Sauber is good last with zero points scored. It remains to be seen who, Valtteri Bottas (34 years old) or Guanyu Zhou (24 years old), at the end of his contract in 2024, will Hülkenberg replace next season. On the Haas side, the Briton Oliver Bearman (19 years old on May 8), who replaced Carlos Sainz in Saudi Arabia at Ferrari this season and finished tenth, is favorite to take over from Hülkenberg.

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