Nico Hulkenberg has said he is ready to “grab” his opportunity to race in Formula One again whenever it presents itself.
The German competed in three grand prix last season, filling in for Racing Point drivers Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll after they contracted COVID-19, and he impressed many in the F1 paddock with his strong performances.
He was tipped as a potential replacement for Alex Albon at Red Bull, but the team ultimately opted to sign Sergio Perez instead.
In an interview this week, Hulkenberg opened up on his disappointment of missing out on the opportunity to drive for a top team like Red Bull.
“Of course I would have liked to have driven for Red Bull, let’s not doubt that,” Hulkenberg said.
“But that is not the case now. Ultimately, it is their decision.”
Continuing, Hulkenberg said joining Red Bull as their reserve and test driver “was never an option”, and he noted that they immediately announced Albon for the position once he was axed to make room for Perez.
“At the end of the year it was more about the ‘head office’ [a racing seat], but that went to Checo as everyone knows.
“Red Bull was quick to agree that Albon would become a reserve driver so of course I was approached by other teams,” he added.
“It is important for me to stay in and around Formula 1 and to grab an opportunity when it comes along.
“With an oblique eye I also look to 2022. Whatever is about to happen, maybe I have a better chance of a comeback?” Hulkenberg concluded.
Earlier this month, it was announced that Hulkenberg will commentate on some F1 grand prix this upcoming season, with him joining Austria’s ServusTV broadcaster as a co-commentator.
The former F1 driver will commentate alongside Austrian sports journalist Andreas Gröbl.
“I think Andi and I are a good duo. I have a good feeling about that,” Hulkenberg said.