Hulkenberg confirmed as Aston Martin stand-in

08 April 2021 23:18:30 GMTPlus10

Nico Hulkenberg has told Aston Martin he's there for them whenever they need him this season after he was officially confirmed as the team's reserve and development driver.

The 33-year-old is a vastly experienced Formua 1 driver, spending nine full seasons with Williams, Sauber, Renault and Aston Martin's predecessor Force India.

Hulkenberg was used as a reserve driver last year by the team, then known as Racing Point, standing in at short notice for Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll in three races.

The German managed to pick up 10 points for Racing Point after finishing seventh in the 70th Anniversary GP at Silverstone and then eighth on home soil at the Nurburgring.

Hulkenberg says he's pleased to be returning as a back-up driver for the rest of the 2021 campaign, where he will again stand in for Stroll or Sebastian Vettel, who joined the team over the off-season.

"It's great to get this deal signed up with plenty of notice - last year, I didn't have quite as much time to prepare before jumping in the car," he said.

"I'm really pleased to once again work with this team - with whom I have driven many times during my career. Obviously, I'm hoping that Sebastian [Vettel] and Lance enjoy uninterrupted seasons this year, but the team knows it can rely on me to step in and do an excellent job, and I'm fully prepared to take on that challenge.

Team boss Otmar Szafnauer said it was a key appointment and described Hulkenberg as "a capable and experienced reserve driver" who "proved last year that he could jump in the car and perform superbly at a moment’s notice".

Vettel and Stroll are set to line up for Aston Martin in the second race of the season, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, on 18th April.

Stroll is 251.00 to win the race and Vettel is 251.00.

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