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Nico Hulkenberg

Hulkenberg confirms talks with Mercedes

The German driver has been without a full time drive in F1 since the end of the 2019 season, but returned as a replacement several times for Racing Point last year.

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Nico Hulkenberg has said he is currently in talks with Mercedes about becoming the team’s official Formula 1 reserve driver for 2021 and is confident that he will secure a role with the world champions.

Rumours have been circulating that Hulkenberg could join the German team as a back-up driver for some time, and while he initially remained coy on whether the role would come to fruition when questioned, he has now confirmed that talks are in progress.

"(Talks) are in the works. We are not there yet, but we are on the home straight. And I believe it will work out," the driver said according to Motorsport-Total.com

If the offer does come, Hulkenberg would become the reserve driver of both Mercedes and Aston Martin, an arrangement made possible by the latter’s status as a customer team of the world champions.

However, the German said he remained relaxed about whether the role becomes a reality given the ever-changing nature of the F1 driver market.

"At the end of the day, nobody knows," he said.

"From last year we know how quickly it can happen and that you just have to be ready just in case. And so I get to grips with it. If it happens, it happens."


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