Nico Hülkenberg returns to Formula One as a reserve and development driver. The 33-year-old German will take up this role at Aston Martin this season .
In 2012 and between 2014 and 2016, Helkenberg had participated in Formula One racing for Aston Martin, known as Force India at the time. Last season, the German was allowed to perform aggressive corona tests at Sergio Pérez (Silverstone Grand Prix) and Lance Stroll (Eiffel Grand Prix) to make a surprise three-pointer.
Hülkenberg scored points in two of those three games, but he could not get a spot this season. Aston Martin snapped up four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel and attracted Pérez to leave the Red Bull team, the son of owner Lawrence Stroll Lance Stroll (Lance Stroll) remains in place.
“First of all, I knew early on that I was going to enter the car, which is a very happy thing,” Helkenberg said with a wink, referring to his surprise attack last season. “Of course, I hope Sebastian and Reims will have a smooth season, but the team knows that they can always rely on me. They are all ready to meet this challenge.”
Hülkenberg has extensive experience in Formula One racing. He made his debut in the top race of the Williams team in 2010, and then drove, in addition to “Force India” and “Racing Point”, he also played for Sauber and Renault. So far, Helkenberg has participated in 179 races and once won pole position, but after the Grand Prix he has never been on the podium again.
Team leader Otmar Szafnauer said: “During these difficult times, it’s very important to have a capable and experienced reserve driver. “Nico proved last year that he can jump into the car and win. Excellent results. We can rely on him. “
Aston Martin started the new season hard. Vettel failed to reach the finish line at the Bahrain Grand Prix and was fined 5 points for an accident during qualifying and the race. Stroll finished tenth in the game and scored a point in the World Cup standings.
The Formula One racing season will continue on April 18 (Sunday) at the Italian Grand Prix at the Imola Circuit in Italy.