Nico Hulkenberg is a prime candidate to replace Mick Schumacher at Haas next season, multiple sources told Sportzshala.

Hulkenberg last competed full-time in F1 for Renault in 2019, but has since made several substitutions for Racing Point and Aston Martin as a COVID-19 replacement.

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Hulkenberg has a good relationship with Haas boss Günther Steiner and is seen as a seasoned and reliable driver for a team looking to move up the rankings next season.

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With Daniel Ricciardo set to sit out the 2023 season, the serious options for Haas now appear to be down to three: keep Mick Schumacher or replace him with Hulkenberg or Antonio Giovinazzi.

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While the pairing of Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen will evoke memories of their memorable spat after the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix, the two are known to have long lived through the incident.

Sources told Sportzshala that Magnussen backed the move given the experience Hulkenberg, who has 181 F1 racing starts under that name, will bring to the team.

Ferrari reserve driver Giovinazzi took part in Friday’s Haas practice at the Italian Grand Prix and will do so ahead of the US Grand Prix in October, but Steiner downplayed the tests, saying Ferrari asked him to drive a little in the new F1. cars.

Although a few months ago it seemed almost certain that Schumacher would leave the team, his recent form has solidified his position to keep him for 2023.

Schumacher, son of seven-time world champion Michael, had amassed a hefty repair bill for Haas earlier in the year, but scored points in the UK and Austria.

Although Haas has fallen an order of magnitude lower in recent months, Schumacher’s recent performances, especially in qualifying, have impressed Steiner.

Haas is in no hurry to make a decision and it is unlikely that the team will make a decision before the Singapore Grand Prix on 3 October.

Hulkenberg is also considered a candidate for the vacant position at Alpine.

Pierre Gasly appeared to be in the lead in the fight for the spot, but another key part of the deal, American rider Colton Hertha getting a super license so he can replace the Frenchman in AlphaTauri, looks unlikely, meaning Gasly’s move has hit a snag.

Formula 2 driver and Alpine Academy driver Jack Doohan, son of Moto GP legend Mick, has emerged as a leading candidate for the Italian Grand Prix weekend.

With Alpine losing out to academy drivers Oscar Piastri to McLaren and Zhou Guangyu to Alfa Romeo over the past few years, the team is thought to be eager to make sure it doesn’t repeat the same mistake with Duhan, although some believe he need one more season of F2 under his belt before making the step up.