Hulkenberg’s connection to Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur, who oversaw Hulkenberg’s 2009 GP2 championship triumph at ART and brought him to Renault, has prompted speculation he could join the team in place of Antonio Giovinazzi next year. But speaking in an FIA press conference yesterday, Vasseur highlighted Giovinazzi’s improving form in his first full season of F1.
“We will take the decision quite soon,” said Vasseur. “But honestly, if you have a look at the last event I think that Antonio is doing a very strong job.
“He was matching Kimi [Raikkonen] in the last six or seven qualifyings in a row. He was in front in Sochi. OK, the first lap was not a good one for us but he’s doing the job and he’s improving step-by-step.
“[On Friday] we had an issue on the car and he was not able to show the pace but he’s doing the job, he’s improving and I’m very confident with Antonio.”
Speaking to media on Thursday Hulkenberg admitted there was still “no news” on his future. “So it’s a little bit more of a patience game, so I’ll have to and see a little bit longer.”
However he has not yet begun contemplating life out side F1. “If [I] wasn’t to continue here, after that, honestly I haven’t given [it] that much thought.
“I think, also for me personally, I would take some time to get clarity over what I want, find a new challenge. Of course I will be in some racing car again in the future because that’s what I love doing, it’s my passion. So I think only time will tell what happens.”
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