Nov.15 - Nico Hulkenberg is signing on the dotted line of his 2023 race contract on Tuesday, according to multiple authoritative sources including Bild newspaper.

According to the reports, which include Italy's leading sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport and the German broadcasters Sky and RTL, the 35-year-old German's return to Formula 1 will then be announced on Wednesday.

Mick Schumacher was reportedly given the bad news in Brazil last weekend, where his uncle - former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher - sounded resigned about his 23-year-old nephew's fate.

Reports say Hulkenberg signing 2023 Haas F1 deal today

Ralf Schumacher and Mick Schumacher, Haas F1 Team, talk to the press during the Austrian GP at Red Bull Ring on Thursday July 07, 2022 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Andy Hone / LAT Images)

"Mick has shown that there is potential," he told Sky Deutschland. "But no matter what he did, the team and Gunther Steiner were never satisfied with him.

"The whole thing cannot be understood by normal standards. It must be something personal.

"I don't think Gunther Steiner can handle the fact that someone else is the focus at Haas. He is very, very happy to be the one who is in the foreground."

Schumacher, 47, continued: "You can't call it good personnel management. Rather, you have to motivate your employees.

"He was under constant pressure not to make any mistakes or he wouldn't be with Haas anymore. But when you're under that much pressure, you can't drive freely anymore."

Mick Schumacher has been linked with a reserve seat at Alpine next year, but he may prefer to take up a potential alternative with Mercedes.

"I don't know what the status is with Mick and Haas," Toto Wolff said after the Brazilian GP.

"But I make no secret of the fact that the Schumacher family belongs with us and that we value Mick very highly."

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12 F1 Fan comments on “Reports say Hulkenberg signing 2023 Haas F1 deal today

  1. smokey

    Worst kept secret for ages! Naturally, Ralf has a biased interest in his nephew's abilities. Young Mick was unfortunately in the wrong place at the wrong time, clutching at straws.

  2. Jenson's button

    Maybe, just maybe, Mick will be the test/substitute driver for Haas; either that or sub for a different, maybe better team. I hear rumors that Merc is a possibility.

    • smokey

      It's now offical, Hulkenberg has signed with Haas F1 team for 2023, and maybe beyond.
      Mick is now out on the grass, hoping for a last minute call from Williams if Sergeant doesn't make the grade in Abu Dhabi!

  3. Jenson's button

    Williams of course is unlikely but a third driver for Merc is looking far more likely. He's got to find something productive while he waits for Audi to get up and running. Who knows, maybe Princess Lu pulls what they'll call a shock move and hang up the gloves, leaving Mick in the best possible place once all the contracts elsewhere have been inked. We'll see.


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