Hulkenberg balks at IndyCar oval danger, headed to Formula E (3rd Update)
|IndyCar too unsafe, Hulkenberg now eyes Formula E|
UPDATE (GMM) Nico Hulkenberg has denied being signed by a Formula E team for 2020.
The German has lost his Renault race seat, and opportunities to move to Alfa Romeo or Williams now appear unlikely.
At Sochi, it is rumored that the 32-year-old has been signed by the Formula E team Mahindra.
"No," Hulkenberg said when asked if it is true.
"I did not even negotiate with them. I don't understand where these rumors come from."
When asked if there was any contact at all with Formula E teams, he answered: "Personally no.
"I heard that there was interest through friends and mutual acquaintances, but personally I haven't talked to anyone."
When asked what he will be doing in 2020, Hulkenberg answered: "Let's see. I don't know yet myself.
"I think I will know more in the next two weeks, but at the moment nothing has been decided or confirmed."
It was believed that Hulkenberg's preferred option to stay in Formula 1 was Alfa Romeo, but the Ferrari-backed Antonio Giovinazzi looks set to be re-signed.
"Monza and Singapore were two good weekends for me, so I have to push in Sochi too and if I keep it up then the seat for next year will be confirmed," he said.
09/22/19 (GMM) Nico Hulkenberg is no longer completely ruling out a switch to Formula E.
Earlier, after losing his Renault seat for 2020, the German said the prospect of racing in the all-electric single seater series was "not exactly exciting".
But since then, potential alternatives at Haas and probably also Alfa Romeo and Red Bull have dried up. The 32-year-old also turned down an offer to race for McLaren's new Indycar team.
As for Williams, German Hulkenberg said: "After ten years in Formula 1, I really do not want to drive completely at the back."
Germany's Auto Bild claims that "not only Jaguar" has made an approach to Hulkenberg about Formula E.
"In my head, I'm still here in Formula 1," Hulkenberg said. "The first still burns.
"There was interest from people in that series (Formula E), but I did not pursue it. I would not consider it until it's clear that things are not going to work out here."
|Now that IndyCar is getting a Halo for 2020 perhaps Hulkenberg will give IndyCar a try - but our sources say he will drive for the Alfa Romeo F1 team in 2020|
09/21/19 (GMM) Nico Hulkenberg has turned down an offer to drive for McLaren in the British marque's first full Indycar season next year.
"I have a lot of respect for those who race on ovals, it's just not my thing," said the German, after McLaren boss Zak Brown revealed the failed talks in Singapore.
Earlier, the Renault refugee had also ruled out Formula E, saying the all-electric series is "not exactly exciting".
"Formula 1 blood flows in my veins," Hulkenberg insisted.
The 32-year-old has already missed out on the Haas seat, and Antonio Giovinazzi looks set to keep his Ferrari-promoted seat at Alfa Romeo.
Giovinazzi's father Vito has apparently been telling people in the paddock that his 25-year-old son has already signed up for 2020.
"Don't ever believe a father," Hulkenberg laughed.
"They sit here all day, talking and drinking a little and talking a little more.
"I'm calm. Let's see what happens," he added.
Hulkenberg also revealed in Singapore that Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko had told him to stop phoning.
"Hulkenberg is hard to imagine for Red Bull," Marko told Germany's Motorsport-Magazin.com in Singapore. "We look at the external options, but no one would be a significant improvement."
Hulkenberg told Sky Italia: "There is still a realistic possibility of staying in Formula 1.
"It's difficult to talk about specifics, because as you can imagine that's private details. But everyone knows what places are available.
"Right now I am still totally focused on Formula 1."
09/20/19 McLaren CEO Zak Brown approached Nico Hulkenberg about driving IndyCar for the British team for the 2020 season, with the German racing driver facing a very uncertain future in Formula 1.
Hulkenberg has been axed by Renault for the 2020 F1 season; with Esteban Ocon joining the French team from Mercedes in his place. There were rumors the Hulk would move to Haas and replace Romain Grosjean.
However, on Thursday morning it was announced that Grosjean would retain his Haas seat for next season and partner Kevin Magnussen once again, meaning a drive for the American outfit was off the cards for Hulkenberg (for now, anyway!).
Brown, the McLaren motorsport chief executive, "approached" Hulkenberg over driving in IndyCar for next season, but it appears the German driver does not want to drive in that form of motorsport at the moment.
It could be a case of the waiting game for Hulkenberg and see if anything becomes available at Red Bull, with the Milton Keynes-based squad far from certain about their future drivers just yet.
Williams have also just had a seat become vacant with Robert Kubica announcing his departure from Formula 1; but deputy team principal Claire Williams revealed the team have not approached Hulkenberg about the seat.