Sport Formula 1 Train: Now Hülkenberg is looking forward to IndyCar test

19:30  23 october  2021
19:30  23 october  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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, Nico Hülkenberg becomes the next former Formula 1 driver in the IndyCar series? Romain Grosjean had dared the leap this season and was one of a total of eight ex-formula 1 pilots, which have been denying at least one race in the American formula series 2021. Now with Nico Hülkenberg could follow the next.

The German will make his first steps on Monday and participate in the Team Arrow McLaren SP at the Rookietest in Barber Motorsports Park . It could decide whether he could imagine to drive in the series in the future.

McLaren wants to use a third car anyway anyway, in addition to Felix Rosenqvist and Patricio O'Ward - if not 2022, then at least 2023. But the test should be successful, it could be useful for both sides, in the coming year at the start walk.

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Hülkenberg had not completed a racing program over the past two years. The German was replacement pilot in Formula 1, but came only 2020 to three inserts - 2021 to no one. Since he will protect the chapter Formula 1 without prospect of a cockpit, he could find a new home in the IndyCar series - for him the next best alternative as he says.

"Of course I'm looking forward to driveing ​​again," says Hülkenberg, whose last use is now a year ago. At that time he had to help at the Nürburgring practically at the last minute at Racing Point. "I feel that I have a few good rounds in my gas foot."

Romain Grosjean has shown this year that after years, he re-retracted podium pitches and fight for victories. But the Frenchman had no inspiration for Hülkenberg: "No," he waves. "It's just my desire to still drive a formula car on the most competitive level that is available to me."

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"And these cars are pretty cool, the races are good. It looks very entertaining and fun."

right now the right time?

The change to America could imagine Hülkenberg "under the right circumstances". Whether it works 2022 with McLaren, hanging on the team. That has to decide if you want to use a third car in the coming year.

¿pBig | https: //www.instagram.com/p/cuvu5laidcl/ | PB¿ "But first we have to run before we race," he emphasizes. "I will complete the test, and then I'll know more. Then we sit together and talk."

For Hülkenberg, it would also be a big step from another point of view. Only a few weeks ago he became for the first time father with his wife Egle. Nevertheless, he keeps it feasible because you do not have to take the child from school yet. "That's why it's the right time right now."

Criticism of Formula 1 Field

That would probably also mean the definitive end of the Formula 1 career. But with that he has already arrested: "I have to be realistic. The train is probably off," says the German, who also practices something criticism.

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"Of course you are as a driver part of the decision-making process, but ultimately the teams meet the decisions, and some teams have a questionable taste or a questionable decision-making!"

He says that perhaps the top 10 or top 12 in Formula 1 are of high quality. "And in the lower half, the quality may not be as high as it was." That's "sad" and "disappointing", as he says. "But that's the way it is."

no idea of ​​missing formula 1 podium

should have been the Eifel Grand Prix 2020 the last, then Hülkenberg's career remains unfinished. Because always the flaw will attach to him, never took it to the podium.

"There are always things that you can do better, but in retrospect it is not my way to think so long and so much about it," he waves. "Of course, there were things I could have done differently, more at the beginning of my career to steer things in other pathways."

"And of course I learned from it, but that's over. So I do not regret too much to be honest, I really had a very nice time." And possibly the next one is on.

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