Nico Hulkenberg says his career as an F1 driver will end if he doesn’t win an F1 seat in 2022.
Nico Hulkenberg, who has consistently been one of the best performers in the midfield throughout his F1 career, lost Renault’s F1 seat at the end of the 2019 season after being robbed by Esteban Ocon.
Nico Hulkenberg took the place of three races in 2022 after both racing point drivers tested positive for the new coronavirus last year. He showed a performance to score points, but could not win a regular seat in 2021.
Nico Hulkenberg knows that the seats of the top team are out of the question, but he hopes to fight in F1 again in the 2022 season and says he will give up his F1 career if there is no offer next year.
“I know what that means,” Nico Hulkenberg tells Bild.
“Everyone can calculate it themselves and have no illusions. For me the top team doors are closed. It has to be realistic.”
“If that doesn’t happen now, the F1 chapter will close for me for me.”
At least for now, Nico Hulkenberg is associated with several F1 seats. If George Russell was promoted to Mercedes F1, he would be on the Williams F1 sheet candidate list.
But Valtteri Bottas, Daniil Kvyat and Guanyu Zhou are also linked to Williams F1, and if Nico Hulkenberg wants a Williams F1 seat, he will fight many drivers.
Still, Nico Hulkenberg says he’s optimistic about his chances and, no matter what happens, he’s been thinking a lot about it last year, so he won’t regret his situation in F1.
“We see it as a new opportunity,” said Nico Hulkenberg.
“I’ve had enough time to think about it these days. Of course, I made a few mistakes. Perhaps my career was different.”
“But I don’t regret anything.”
Alpine F1 has already contacted Williams F1 to see if he’s interested in giving a seat to the junior driver’s lap, according to reports, but Daniil Kvyat is also on the candidate list. Meanwhile, Valtteri Bottas is reported to have come into contact with Alfa Romeo.