Hulkenberg set to be Aston Martin’s test and reserve driver

Hulkenberg set to be Aston Martin's test and reserve driver

Nico Hulkenberg is set to be confirmed as an Aston Martin test and reserve driver, according to a report.

The German would be continuing his links with the Silverstone-based team for whom he raced in 2011-12 and again from 2014-16 when they were known as Force India.

In addition, Hulkenberg made a couple of ‘guest appearances’ for the team under the Racing Point banner last season when their regular drivers were suffering from illness.

The 33-year-old deputised for Sergio Perez in the two races at Silverstone in August after the Mexican contracted COVID-19, and then again for Lance Stroll in the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring when the Canadian was forced to pull out with an illness that resulted in him also subsequently testing positive for the coronavirus.

Hulkenberg holds the Formula 1 record for the highest number of grands prix driven without a podium finish having made 179 starts, his best position being P4 on three occasions, two of which were in Belgium.

Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer recently said “watch this space” with regard to Hulkenberg being given a role with Lawrence Stroll’s rebranded operation.

And now F1 Insider report ‘The Hulk’ “is on his way to Aston Martin as a test and reserve driver”. They add that “the plan is for Hulkenberg not to be on site at every race but to have a standby line just in case”.

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