Aston Martin has formally confirmed that it has appointed Nico Hulkenberg its official reserve and growth driver for the 2021 season.
The German driver already has intensive first-hand expertise with the organisation, having raced for the crew between 2012 and ’16. He additionally contested two Grands Prix for Racing Level in 2020, deputising for Sergio Perez (the Anniversary GP, at Silverstone) and Lance Stroll (the Eifel GP, at Nurburgring).
The crew will even profit from the 33-year-old’s appreciable F1 pedigree – 176 race begins, together with profitable campaigns with Williams, Sauber and Renault, in addition to his stints at Pressure India and Racing Level.
“To begin with, it is nice to get this deal signed up with loads of discover,” stated Hulkenberg, “final 12 months, I did not have fairly as a lot time to arrange earlier than leaping within the automobile!
“I am actually happy to as soon as once more work with this crew – with whom I’ve pushed many occasions throughout my profession. Clearly, I am hoping that Sebastian and Lance take pleasure in uninterrupted seasons this 12 months, however the crew is aware of it will possibly depend on me to step in and do a wonderful job, and I am absolutely ready to tackle that problem.
“It can even be attention-grabbing to assist develop the crew by means of the season, and I am actually wanting ahead to pulling nice lap-times out of my arm sleeve.”
“We’re delighted to have the ability to welcome Nico again to the crew in an official capability, as reserve and growth driver, added Otmar Szafnauer. “In these troublesome occasions, the requirement for a succesful and skilled reserve driver is particularly vital.
“Nico proved final 12 months that he might soar within the automobile and carry out fantastically at a second’s discover; now, with extra scope for preparation and integration, we all know that we will depend on Nico to do a wonderful job.”