Nico Hulkenberg says Renault ‘must go for the absolute best driver’ as hypothesis mounts it might swap Jolyon Palmer for Robert Kubica for the second-half of the 2017 F1 season.
The Pole has not raced in F1 since 2010 when his motorsport profession was virtually ended by a rallying accident that left him with severed arm.
Nevertheless, after taking trip from competitors lately to deal with rehabilitation, latest non-public take a look at outings with Renault have raised hope he might make a belated return in spite of everything.
Having already examined older specification F1 automobiles, Kubica – who raced with BMW Sauber and Renault throughout his F1 profession – will drive 2017 specification Renault RS17 on the upcoming Hungaroring F1 take a look at amidst rumours the outing will finally decide whether or not he’s able to a racing return.
For Hulkenberg, the German says he would welcome the return of Kubica to F1 to race alongside him at Renault.
“I do not know if it might work for him or not, however I would be glad to have him as a teammate, and I would be proud of anyone else to be sincere. It is not my determination.
“I believe the crew, Renault, must go for the absolute best driver they will have whoever that could be. I am pretty open and relaxed about who the opposite man’s going to be.”
The prospect of Kubica’s return has been raised by the continued struggles for Jolyon Palmer, who’s but to attain a high ten end this season in contrast with Hulkenberg, who has scored 26 factors and completed sixth final trip within the British Grand Prix.