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Williams hasn't opened talks with Hulkenberg

  • Published on 21 Sep 2019 09:28
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Williams hasn't yet opened talks with Nico Hulkenberg over a potential 2020 drive, says deputy team principal Claire Williams.

Hulkenberg will leave Renault at the end of the season to be replaced by Esteban Ocon, which left him being linked to a switch to the Haas F1 team.

However, earlier this week the American outfit confirmed that it has retained Romain Grosjean alongside Kevin Magnussen for another season, leaving Hulkenberg's future in doubt.

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A seat opened up at Williams for 2020 after Robert Kubica announced that he would not be returning to race with the team next season.

Hulkenberg started his Formula 1 career with Williams in 2010 - but any return for the 2020 campaign hasn't been discussed yet between the two. 

"Someone likened it to a bit like musical chairs with Hulkenberg,” Williams told Sky Sports F1. “Nico started his career with Williams but we haven’t had a conversation to be honest with you. We have got a number of candidates on our list.”

Latifi the leading contender for second seat 

Believed to be one of the leading favourites for the seat is Nicholas Latifi, who is currently running as the Grove squad's reserve driver. 

Latifi, who lies second in the FIA Formula 2 drivers' championship, has had three FP1 outings this season, with Williams admitting that the benefit of adding him to the race line-up being that he is already integrated. 

“That’s been everything we want to see from him as a reserve driver, taking on the FP1 running for us at some of the races and then the test sessions as well," Williams said.

“He’s very personable, very likeable. Outside of the car, he gets on with everyone in the team. Obviously, there is the advantage he does know the team now.

“But he’s still got some remaining rounds in F2 and he has still got to get the super licence points for us to consider him for 2020.”

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  • looks like he's out of f1

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    • Sep 21 2019 - 11:37
    • abhidbgt

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      Seems likely.

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      • Sep 21 2019 - 11:42
    • Likely better out of F1 than with fucking Williams, who would probably drop him again for a no name rookie with sponsorship. Besides, coming back in 2021 wouldn't be terrible since it wi be new to everyone.

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      • Sep 21 2019 - 19:32
  • Exactly the reason we need a few more teams to come in to F1. That should be a priority. I bet Kimi and Seb could make for team bosses at a pretty good team but Seb just doesn't seem to have the interest in F1 for the long term. Probably just time for Nico to move on.

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    • Sep 22 2019 - 02:16

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