Niko Hulkenberg is close to signing a backup driver’s contract with the Aston Martin F1 – according to F1-Insider, it’s only a matter of time.
If Niko accepts the offer of his former team, in which at one time he spent four seasons intermittently – then it was also called Force India – and also last year successfully replaced the sick Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll at three stages, then the “German lobby” in the Aston Martin will strengthen.
Firstly, the four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel moved there, and secondly, since August 1, this British company, producing famous sports cars, is headed by Tobias Moers, the former head of Mercedes-AMG. The Stuttgart concern owns 20% of the shares of Aston Martin, and the Formula 1 cars, which are being built at the Silverstone base, are powered by Mercedes engines.
Otmar Safnauer, team leader, has already hinted in an interview with Sky Sports that Hulkenberg’s candidacy suits him: “We are in talks with Nico, it is quite possible that he will become the third driver. It would be great for all of us. Niko is a logical choice, because he has played for our team for several years, and everyone knows that you can rely on him. “
It is assumed that Hulkenberg will soon start working on the simulator and join the process of fine-tuning the machine. At the same time, he is unlikely to be at all stages of the season, however, he will be ready, if necessary, at the first call of the team, to appear in the paddock and get behind the wheel.
Source: Формула 1 на F1News.ru by www.f1news.ru.
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