Nico Hulkenberg’s future at Haas in doubt

Nico Hulkenberg is likely to part ways with the Haas Formula 1 Team.

Nico Hulkenberg has had a mixed season thus far following his return to Haas after Nikita Mazepin was unceremoniously axed over Russia’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.

Despite several strong qualifying performances, the German has seen himself fall back during races, as a result of Haas continuing to be relatively uncompetitive.

Former Formula 1 driver Ralf Schumacher has raised concerns about Hulkenberg’s future with Haas, suggesting that the German driver should contemplate leaving the team if their performance fails to improve. 

Hulkenberg, who has made a strong comeback to F1, showcased his skills during the qualifying session for the Canadian Grand Prix, securing a front-row start before a penalty pushed him down to fifth place.

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While Hulkenberg’s impressive performances seem to have solidified a contract renewal with Haas, Schumacher, in his column for Sky Germany following the Canadian Grand Prix, believes that Hulkenberg should explore other options. 

Schumacher highlighted remarks made by Haas team boss Günther Steiner, who expressed satisfaction with the current driver line-up and assured Hulkenberg of another year as a regular driver. 

However, Schumacher questioned what Haas can truly offer the talented German driver.

In his column, Schumacher emphasized the need for new personnel within the team to convince Hulkenberg to stay beyond 2023. 

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It is important to note that tensions between Schumacher and Steiner have escalated in recent times, fuelled by criticism directed at Schumacher’s nephew, Mick, who was subsequently released by Haas. 

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Schumacher advised Hulkenberg to inquire about the measures being taken to improve the team’s situation, stating that without substantial changes, little will improve.

Hulkenberg’s current contract with Haas is set to expire at the end of the 2023 season. Considering his remarkable performances and potential, Schumacher’s suggestions hold weight. 

While Haas has indicated its willingness to retain Hulkenberg, his future at the team remains uncertain due to concerns over their ability to deliver competitive results.