With Sergio Perez‘s Red Bull future in doldrums, the Mexican racing ace is being tipped to be dropped by Red Bull on the finish of the 2024 season. F1 consultants predict a frenzied foolish season on the horizon. One title that’s being floated as Perez’s potential alternative is Nico Hulkenberg.
Perez goes to be out of his Red Bull contract on the finish of this yr. With possibilities of it being renewed slim, the panelists over at The Race mentioned who could possibly be changing him. While Daniel Ricciardo and Liam Lawson are being billed as prime candidates to take up that second Red Bull seat, Hulkenberg has been thrown within the combine as effectively. The German is being billed as an acceptable possibility for the Milton Keynes-based staff given his decade price of expertise and handiness as a reliable driver.
Hulkenberg has showcased his supreme abilities behind the wheel of an F1 automotive, typically being let down by the automotive he’s in, by way of outcomes. However, consultants theorized that as he was thought-about for that second Bulls’ seat earlier than Perez appeared on the scene, the staff can be eyeing him up to now fill the Mexican’s seat.
With a stable prime 10 qualifying common over the course of the 2023 season, Hulkenberg comfortably outmatched his Haas teammate, Kevin Magnussen. What’s extra, he bought the staff’s finest outcome throughout the 2023 Austrian GP Sprint Race – sixth.
Contrasting fortunes for Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez in 2023
While Hulkenberg shined in a draggy Haas, Sergio Perez struggled to hold tempo with Max Verstappen in arguably the quickest automotive in F1 historical past. Trailing by a whopping 290 factors on the finish of the season, Perez took a number of flak from the media, his personal staff and the followers for a squalid exhibiting final yr.
While Christian Horner has ensured the general public that Perez’s seat for 2024 just isn’t at menace, if the latter’s poor run of kind continues, he could possibly be changed mid-season by the likes of Daniel Ricciardo.
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With this in thoughts, Red Bull gave him a seat with AlphaTauri final yr. Hs efficiency throughout a Pirelli-mandated tire take a look at prompted the staff to sack Nyck de Vries mid-season to hand the reigns of the AT04 to Ricciardo as an alternative.
His performances impressed each Christian Horner and Helmut Marko. Ricciardo, nevertheless, may have to step up massive time if he’s to exchange Perez this season. As for the Guadalajara-born driver, 2024 would be the yr he fights for his F1 future.