Verstappen: Hulkenberg Would Be A Good Team-Mate At Red Bull

The German has put in a number of impressive performances this year when he has filled in for Perez and Stroll.

Nico Hulkenberg is actively looking to make a full-time return to the Formula One grid next year, and Red Bull has emerged as a potential option for the German driver.

Earlier this month, Helmut Marko, the head of Red Bull’s driver development programme, said they will consider replacing Alex Albon at the end of 2020 if he doesn’t perform to the required level over the coming races.

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The Austrian even singled out Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez as potential candidates to replace Albon:

“If Albon doesn’t live up to our expectations, we have to look outside our team.

“We are strong enough to handle all drivers. And then the two well-known candidates Perez and Hulkenberg come into the game,” Marko added.

And now, ahead of this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao, Red Bull star driver Max Verstappen has said he believes Hulkenberg would make a good team-mate, but stressed that the decision is not his to make.

“Of course I can’t say anything from my side,” Verstappen said in an interview with RTL.

“But Nico is a great guy. What he did at the Nürburgring was great. I think he would be a good team-mate. But it is not my decision!”

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