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Nico Hulkenberg

Hulkenberg running a Ferrari simulator programme in 2023

Haas' technical partnership with Ferrari has enabled Nico Hulkenberg to utilise their simulator to get himself up to speed with their car in 2023.

Hulkenberg Bahrain
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Nico Hulkenberg has been using Ferrari's simulator between race weekends to prepare himself for each outing, having spent a couple of years out of having a full-time Formula 1 drive.

The German returned to F1 in 2023 and has yet to score points for Haas, but has shown examples of getting up to speed, such as his qualifying performance in Bahrain.

Team boss Guenther Steiner said he has been putting in hours in the Ferrari simulator for Haas, as part of their technical partnership with their engine supplier.

"It's more of a benefit I think, because he [Hulkenberg] was out of a car and it's a completely new car for him," he told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"It's very interesting to do some sim sessions to prepare better for race weekends."

Steiner: Hulkenberg motivated to do it

Steiner says Hulkenberg is motivated to take part in the sim sessions, especially as it enables the team to correlate data with their on-track performance to help improve.

He added: "We're doing how much we think is needed. At the moment we do a little bit more to calculate with what happened in Bahrain, to see if the simulator has got a good correlation or not.

"I always think that with the simulator, as long as the driver is interested you should do it and if the driver loses interest then there is no point. But at the moment, Nico is very motivated to do it."


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