Haas confirm Hulkenberg to replace Mick Schumacher for 2023
Haas have announced that Nico Hulkenberg will complete their F1 2023 driver line-up, replacing Mick Schumacher.
The American outfit are the final F1 team to confirm their roster in full for next season with Hulkenberg teaming up with Kevin Magnussen.
It marks Hulkenberg’s return to F1 having not raced in the sport as a full-time driver since 2019 with Renault.
Since then, the German has remained associated with Aston
Martin (formerly Racing Point) acting as their reserve and test driver.
“I’m very happy to move into a full-time race seat with Haas F1 Team in 2023. I feel like I never really left Formula 1," said Hulkenberg.
"I’m excited to have the opportunity to do what I love the most again and want to thank Gene Haas and Günther Steiner for their trust. We have work ahead of us to be able to compete with all the other teams in the midfield, and I cannot wait to join that battle again.”
Hulkenberg has impressed on his various outings for the Silverstone-based team, deputising for Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez when they contracted coronavirus in 2020.
More importantly for Haas, he has recent F1 experience driving for Aston Martin in the first two rounds of 2022, replacing Sebastian Vettel who also had COVID19.
Haas team principal Guenther
Steiner said: “I’m naturally very pleased to be welcoming Nico Hulkenberg back to a full-time racing role in Formula 1.
“The experience and knowledge base Nico brings to the team is clear to see – with nearly 200 career starts in Formula 1 – and a reputation as being a great qualifier and a solid, reliable racer. These are attributes, which when you pair them together with Kevin Magnussen’s experience, gives us a very credible and well-seasoned driver line-up which we believe will help push the team onwards up the grid.
"That’s obviously the goal and it was that ambition that has prompted Nico’s return to Formula 1 – he shares our vision and can be a key player together with the rest of the team in building on the foundations we’ve laid this year with our return to the points battle.”
Unfortunately for Schumacher, he’s set for a season on the sidelines, likely taking up a role as reserve driver for Mercedes.