Formula One rookie George Russell has said that he would happy to have Hulkenberg take the vacant seat next to him at Williams.
It was recently announced that Robert Kubica will leave the Williams F1 team at the end of the 2019 season. Kubica sustained life-changing injuries in a rally crash in February 2011.
Being one of the biggest F1 start at the time of his accident, his return to the Motorsport pinnacle was a welcome one for fans around the globe. Unfortunately, it wasn’t an easy return for the Pole. He has been outpaced by his rookie team-mate, George Russell. George has out-qualified Kubica at every single race this season.
When Esteban Ocon was announced as the 2020 Renault F1 driver alongside Daniel Ricciardo, interest was shown to Hulkenberg’s future. Russell stated he want’s a quick team-mate so he can prove himself:
“My preference is to have the fastest driver possible next to me, because I’m doing my best to prove what I can do to everybody, and I want the opportunity again to show that. But ultimately, from my side, I focus on myself, my own job, my engineers.”
“I feel ready to take control, lead the team if it was to be a rookie to come alongside me, but equally I’d probably be just as happy to have an experienced guy, such as Hulkenberg coming in, with a good reputation and experience.”
“I’m sure I can learn some things from him but again, it gives me a very good opportunity to show what I can do.”
Claire Williams on the other hand, said that an experienced driver isn’t necessarily what the team need:
“That’s one argument in favour of bringing an experienced driver in, in order to help lead the team and guide the team,” she said. “But equally there’s no reason to say that a younger driver couldn’t do that as well.
“George is a perfect example with the work that he’s done for us this year. It’s his first year in F1, he’s been able to help lead the team in an extraordinary way, to be honest, in what’s been a very difficult year for him.
We hope we can see Williams making some progress again next year as well as seeing George build on his already impressive career.