German driver Nico Hulkenberg has quite a few suitors across the Formula 1 grid, according to a report by F1 Insider.
The publication states that Hulkenberg could be employed as a super-sub should their drivers be out due to any reason.
Hulkenberg was without a team in 2020 after losing his seat at Renault the previous year. However, he featured for Racing Point in three races since Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll had tested positive for coronavirus.
His performances have apparently caught the eye of a number of team owners.
If the report is to be believed, Hulkenberg could feature for both Mercedes and Aston Martin.
“Both the Mercedes works team and the drive customer Aston Martin are planning to hire the German from Emmerich as a replacement and development driver,” the report states.
“Both racing teams are convinced of the capabilities of the “Hulk”. Not only as a development pilot who can provide important information about the behaviour of the car in the simulator. But also as someone who can replace one of the regular drivers with a cold start on a GP race weekend.”
McLaren, too, is believed to be interested in his services. How many places can a man be wanted at one time?
“McLaren has also asked whether he would be available if the worst comes to the worst. However, the German could not accept due to his other obligations. Nevertheless, a use at McLaren is not considered completely impossible if Mercedes and Aston Martin would agree.
“McLaren is considered a competitor, but the orange cars are also being cheered on by Mercedes engines this year.”
While one can argue that there is a lot of interest in hiring Hulkenberg in some capacity, teams have not been willing enough to offer him a full-time deal.
Seven teams made a change to their drivers’ lineups ahead of the upcoming season. While many opted for upgrades, the fact that Hulkenberg did not get a look-in is strange.
Perhaps they look at his career which somehow just always failed to take off. A lot of initial promise never really materialised in anything.
Is there any way back for Hulkenberg in the sport on a full-time basis?