Hulkenberg wants to go to IndyCar: 'After F1 it's the best possible alternative'

26-10-2021 11:52 | Updated: 26-10-2021 13:38
by GPblog.com
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Hulkenberg wants to go to IndyCar: 'After F1 it's the best possible alternative'

According to McLaren CEO Zak Brown, there is a good chance that Nico Hulkenberg will make the switch to the IndyCar Series. The former Formula One driver is high on the list of potential candidates at the team and tested the Arrow McLaren on Monday.

Last month Hulkenberg announced that the chapter Formula 1 is definitely closed for him. The chances of the German to return to the sport seem gone. Hulkenberg, therefore, wants to focus on other racing classes.

Last Monday, the German participated in an IndyCar test with Arrow McLaren. "I think aggressive drivers are rewarded in IndyCar. Nico is one of those drivers who climbs on top of the wheel, as they say here in America. I'm really looking forward to seeing him at work. I think he will enjoy it. Fernando [Alonso] and Marcus [Ericsson] certainly enjoyed it," says Zak Brown to the Dutch branch of Motorsport.com.

IndyCar the most interesting option for Hulkenberg

Hulkenberg will have to be patient a little longer though, as McLaren will not be working full time with three cars next season. That won't happen until 2023. "Nico wants to see what IndyCar is all about and we are curious to see how Nico will do. That will all be part of the process once we make decisions regarding that third car and who we let drive it. Nico is high on the list of candidates though," continues Brown.

Hulkenberg, in any case, is looking forward to driving in the IndyCar. "I haven't been behind the wheel for pretty much a year, since that last-minute stint at the Nürburgring. I'm looking at it and I feel like I still have some good laps in my right foot. I mainly want to discover the car. I have watched the last few races and my heart really lies with the single-seaters. Formula 1 is not going to happen anymore, so then you look for the best possible alternative. IndyCar is definitely an interesting option."

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