Former F1 driver and fan-favourite Nico Hulkenberg is “optimistic” about earning a recall to the starting grid next season following a few years on the sidelines.
The German driver has featured for Aston Martin as a reserve driver, but believes that he has a greater chance than Mick Schumacher to claim the Haas seat for next season.
Even though Mick has improved his pace in the second half of this season compared to teammate Kevin Magnussen, Hulkenberg is rumoured to be quietly confident of securing his seat.
Haas team owner Gene Haas has already made it clear a while back that notching some points is the critical factor as far as Mick retaining his seat is concerned.
Has Mick done enough to keep his seat?
Former F1 driver Timo Glock believes that Mick may have done enough to keep his seat.
“You have to look at the whole season,” Timo Glock said.
“You have to look at the development and it is going up.
“At the moment he has better speed than his teammate. He has made fewer mistakes lately. You can’t just rate someone on their last two races.”
Meanwhile, Hulkenberg has finally broken his silence on the prospect of earning a comeback that will excite his fans.
Speaking with Austrian broadcaster Servus TV, Hulkenberg accepted that the decision does not lie in his hands, but believes he may have done enough to convince the Haas hierarchy.
“So far, I can’t say anything specific,” he said.
“In the end, I don’t make the decision. Negotiations are ongoing and I am relatively optimistic about the progress. You need to be patient with these decisions.”