Nico Hulkenberg is okay with taking the place of the youthful Mick Schumacher in Formula 1. Hulkenberg, like every young German, grew up idolizing Michael Schumacher and got the chance to compete against him in 2010 and 2012.
Nico Hulkenberg will make a comeback with Haas for the 2020 season as a replacement for Mick Schumacher after quitting the sport in 2019 due to a lack of opportunities on the grid.
When questioned by PlanetF1 if he felt terrible for replacing Mick Schumacher, Nico Hulkenberg responded that it is a requirement of the sport. He stated:
“No, that’s normal in F1, you reply. We are all engaged in a battle over the same patch of tarmac: our careers. Many drivers, whether they had two or ten years more of experience, I believe, had to move for another guy at some point in their careers.”
“That’s exactly how Formula One works, and eventually, the driver must persuade the team by doing well while racing. The team will alter if that is not the case. The same applies to engineers and all staff. That is the reason why it continues happening repeatedly.“
Nico Hulkenberg had a different viewpoint when asked if he had given up on a chance to race in Formula One after three years away from the sport. He mentioned how the first few months without the sport were reviving for him. His interest didn’t pick back up until the summer recess.
According to Nico Hulkenberg, he desired a break in 2019
Looking back on his time away from the sport, Nico Hulkenberg thought that he had deserved the time off since it allowed him to recharge. He stated:
“After 19, I believe it was what I needed, a break, and appropriately – I wasn’t the third driver or something. I thus had enough time to take a step back and thoroughly detach from it.”
“There wasn’t much going on because everything was COVID time. Naturally, I arrived at Silverstone as soon as the 2020 season began to take Checo’s spot.”
He continued: “But it was beneficial for me to take some time off to process, think about, and perhaps shift my perspective. Then in the year 21, it is obvious that it might be challenging to watch from the sidelines. However, I believe that I was still fine with it at the moment. This year, I believe I was paying closer attention, especially when I analyse and evaluate things, and believe you can improve in some areas. I did really begin the return project“
After three years away from the sport, Nico Hulkenberg’s performance will be intriguing to watch.