Hulkenberg having to play ‘patient game’ over future

Mark Scott
Williams haven't held talks with Nico Hulkenberg over a 2020 drive.

Williams haven't held talks with Nico Hulkenberg over a 2020 drive.

Nico Hulkenberg is having to play the waiting game as he looks to resolve his Formula 1 future and the next step in his racing career.

Hulkenberg is facing the distinct possibility of leaving Formula 1 after Renault opted to partner Esteban Ocon with Daniel Ricciardo for the 2020 campaign.

‘The Hulk’ was in the frame to join Haas, but their discussions broke down.

It now leaves slim pickings, with a slim chance of opportunities opening up at either Alfa Romeo, who are thought to be keen, or Williams.

“[There is] no news,” Hulkenberg said in Thursday’s FIA press conference at Suzuka when asked for an update on his future.

“It’s a little bit more of a patient game, we’ll have to wait and see a bit longer.”

With 2020 seats in relatively short supply, Hulkenberg is well aware he could be saying goodbye to Formula 1. But, he has not thought too much about what a future away from the sport would look like.

“I guess there is that scenario [of not finding a race seat for 2020],” Hulkenberg said ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.

“If it wasn’t to continue here [in F1] after that, I haven’t given it much thought.

“I think also for me personally I would take some time to get clarity over what I want, find a new challenge.”

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