The 2022 season is over, and one step closer to lights out for the 2023 campaign, which will throw up one of the most interesting team line-ups in years.
The 2023 Formula One season begins in Bahrain and ends in Abu Dhabi, an eight-month season, the longest the championship has had in it’s 74-year history.
With 24 races planned, there’s sure to be an exciting bit of drama. If you haven’t jumped on the F1 train yet, get on board, we won’t judge.
There are two races more on this coming year’s calendar than last, including three USA circuits since 1982. Tried-and-true Austin (Oct 22); A-big-hit Miami (May 7) and currently the most expensive tickets on the market, shiny Las Vegas (Nov 18).
Though one of Fueler’s favourites has stepped down from his position alongside Lando Norris, there’s some new blood in town: Nico Hülkenberg for Haas F1.
Emmerich-born husband, father and athlete, Nico (35) is welcomed with open arms in the American Haas F1. With experience in endurance racing, next year’s demanding calendar for Nico should be a breeze. Hülkenberg is a Formula 1 veteran and 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans race winner (Porsche). He has been the reserve driver for the Aston Martin F1 Team for the past two seasons, subbing in for Sebastian Vettel at the 2022 season opener for the Bahrain Grand Prix and later at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Hülkenberg’s F1 career debut was in 2010 for Williams at the Behrain Grand Prix.
Guenther Steiner and the brains behind Haas have decided to part ways with the rather “under-popular” Mick Schumacher in favour of a tried-and-tested partnership of Kevin Magnussen (GER) and Nico Hülkenberg (DEN).
Just like any relationship, they say opposites attract, and this is true with Magnussen and Hülkenberg. The two drivers and their tiff in 2017 was well remembered. Hülkenberg called Magnussen “Once again the most unsporting driver on the grid” to his face, live on camera! Let’s just say that Kevin replied with a less-than-PG response too.
However, the 30-year-old from Denmark and the German 35-year-old will have to bury their differences for the sake of the team in 2023, with Hülkenberg making his return to the grid.
Nico has been away from a full-time seat since 2019 when he partnered Daniel Ricciardo at Renault. However, since then, he replaced Sergio Perez in the Racing Point for the British Grand Prix in 2020. In his earlier career he was champion in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport (A1 Team Germany); Formula 3 Euro Series champion (2008) and FIA Formula 2 Champion (formerly known as GP2 Series), a feeder series into F1 graduation.
Since his debut in 2010, Hülkenberg has clocked in 184 races, 521 career points, a pole position (Brazil 2010), and two fastest laps, and more, although he has never made the podium.
What will the future hold for the first race of the season in Behrain?
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