F1’s delayed start leaves Hulkenberg in ‘limbo’

Michelle Foster
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Nico Hulkenberg is in a “state of limbo” as he waits to find out if there will be any openings on the 2021 F1 grid.

After nine years of racing in Formula 1, and the unwanted record of the most grand prix starts without a podium finish, Hulkenberg found himself without a drive for the 2020 season.

The German was dropped by Renault in favour of Esteban Ocon at the end of the 2019 season.

He entered talks with Haas but reportedly could not agree a salary while one by one the rest of the grid was confirmed, leaving him out in the cold.

Instead of moving over to Formula E, as reports said he might, or taking up a WEC drive, Hulkenberg opted to spend this year recharging his batteries on the sidelines.

He is hoping to return to Formula 1 in 2021 but admits the season being on hiatus is not helping his cause.

“It is difficult to answer,” he told Auto Motor und Sport when asked about his future. “Everything is out of balance and normal rhythm.

“The silly season, the transfer time, is not taking place at the moment.

“Without a race, nobody can stand out positively or negatively. We are in a state of limbo.”

He added: “At the moment everything is speculative, it is not possible to predict how the cards will fall.

“The situation is new to everyone.

“If the season starts, many questions will arise. So I can only stay on the ball, watch and hope that I am in the right place at the right time.”

Asked whether he has a strategy for his future, and is open to racing in a series other than F1, he replied: “We are all just passengers at the moment.

“When the world starts spinning again, we will see what is going on.”

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