Hulk is one on a ‘long list’ of Williams candidates

Michelle Foster
Nico Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg is on Williams’ list for a potential 2022 drive but it is, according to Williams CEO Jost Capito, a “long” list.

Hulkenberg last raced in Formula 1 full-time back in 2019 before he was dropped by Renault in favour of signing Esteban Ocon.

The German, who holds the record for the most race starts without a podium finish, refused to give up on his dream of making a return and, last season, took part in three races with Racing Point.

Filling in as a substitute when the Silverstone team’s drivers tested positive for Covid-19, Hulkenberg scored 10 points and was dubbed the ‘super sub’.

That, however, wasn’t enough to land him a 2021 race seat where he was said to be in the running to join Red Bull.

They instead opted to go with Sergio Perez, leaving Hulkenberg to take up a reserve driver role with Aston Martin and also Mercedes.

But while at 33, and two years out of the sport, it may look as if his chances of making a comeback are slim, Williams have admitted they are interested.

But, said Capito, he is just one driver on a long list.

Nico Hulkenberg

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“I think at the moment we do not exclude any driver who would be available for next year. Nico is available for next year,” the Williams boss told The Race.

“So we’ve got quite a long list.”

Williams, according to F1’s rumour mill, will need at least one new driver next season with George Russell linked to Mercedes.

The Brit, who qualified P8 for the British Grand Prix, is rumoured to be on the verge of signing a deal to replace Valtteri Bottas.

Toto Wolff though is adamant he has yet to make a decision on who will partner Lewis Hamilton in 2021.

“I think it is important for Valtteri and George to know where they will be driving next year and that is going to happen,” said Wolff.

“I expect some questions in Spa then.”

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