Aston Martin have introduced that Nico Hulkenberg has been appointed as their official Reserve and Growth Driver for 2021 season.
Having beforehand raced for the staff below their outdated Power India identify in two separate stints between 2012-16 and as a substitute for Sergio Perez at Silverstone then Lance Stroll at Nurburgring final season Hulkenberg feels “nice” in having signed the cope with “loads of discover”.
Talking on his resolution to re-join the staff below their new Aston Martin branding, Hulkenberg stated; “To start with, it’s nice to get this deal signed up with loads of discover – final 12 months, I didn’t have fairly as a lot time to organize earlier than leaping within the automotive!”
Though he hopes that Stroll and Sebastian Vettel get pleasure from “uninterrupted seasons” in 2021, Hulkenberg has iterated that “the staff is aware of it will probably depend on me to step in and do a wonderful job, and I’m totally ready to tackle that problem.”
Hulkenberg additionally spoke of his feeling that this season will probably be “attention-grabbing” as he helps the staff develop the automotive after a troublesome pre-season and begin of this marketing campaign in Bahrain final month.
Aston Martin CEO and Crew Principal, Otmar Szafnauer is “delighted” to welcome Hulkenberg again in an official reserve function, as an alternative of as a late emergency substitute on race weekends as occurred in 2020.
Acknowledging the continued affect of Coronavirus pandemic on this resolution to nominate a Reserve Driver, Szafnauer stated; “In these troublesome instances, the requirement for a succesful and skilled reserve driver is particularly essential.”
Szafnauer additionally spoke of how Hulkenberg proved final season that he can ship even at brief discover, saying; “Nico proved final 12 months that he may leap within the automotive and carry out fantastically at a second’s discover…”
The 56 year-old now believes that “further scope for preparation and integration”, Hulkenberg might be relied on to ship an “wonderful job.”