Nico Hülkenberg: Haas with Lick My Eggs Magnussen?  / System 1

Nico Hülkenberg: Haas with Lick My Eggs Magnussen? / System 1


Haas team boss Günther Steiner confirms that longtime Formula 1 driver Nico Hülkenberg (35) is an American affair. Wait a minute, Nico with Kevin Magnussen? There was something.

South Tyrolean Haas team boss Günther Steiner spoke about the fact that he and the owner of the racing team Gene Haas have put together a long list of candidates when it comes to the second cockpit next to the Dane Kevin Magnussen, according to Steiner Mick Schumacher the position is . fifty and fifty. GP veteran Nico Hulkenberg is also on this list. Steiner told my colleague Felix Görner from RTL: “Someone like Nico brings experience. The important question is: what can the driver do to make the team better and take us to the top?”

After Kevin Magnussen replaced Nikita Mazepin from Moscow at Haas last February and Hülkenberg had to step in for Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin in Bahrain (with corona), the two old friends met again. Television footage showed Hülkenberg and Kevin Magnussen greeting each other before a Formula 1 group photo in Bahrain and both laughing heartily.

Wait a minute, Nico Hulkenberg as Kevin Magnussen’s teammate – that wasn’t a thing?

Going back a bit. Not forgetting how Nico tapped Magnussen on the shoulder after the 2017 Hungarian GP and said: “Once again an unsportsmanlike driver on the field.” Kevin, without batting an eyelid: “Lick my balls, honey!”

These few seconds went around the world and reinforced the feeling: There are two drivers who absolutely despise each other.

Kevin later said of it: “Oh no, that’s been stressed, I’m almost a bit tired of talking about it. Actually, Nico and I only had a problem once, which was at the Hungaroring. I find it strange that we’re still talking about it.”

Nico says of Bahrain 2022: “I went up to him and said – lick my balls, honey! Literally. I thought that would be funny. Kevin cringed, apparently he thought so too.”

“It’s not that I don’t like Kevin, but it’s true that we haven’t spoken since then. I found Hungary simple, his cunning was beyond the limit. But in the end it’s normal when runners don’t always have the same opinion about a duel. It’s all behind us.”

Kevin is also very relaxed: “There is no bad blood between me and Nico. We talked about it at the time and we both got Bahrain – it’s amazing how life goes, that now we’re driving Formula 1 together again. A lot between Nico and I was played out by the media, as it was between me and Romain Grosjean. For my part, I have a lot of respect for Nico. What actually goes on in Formula 1 and how Formula 1 is presented and seen from the outside are often two different things.”

So Hulkenberg and Magnussen as partners? Günther Steiner smiles: “I think the fans will like it.”

There is very little talk about one man at Haas: Daniel Ricciardo, who ended his McLaren contract prematurely and is being replaced by Oscar Piastri at the traditional English racing team.

Günther Steiner says: “In his situation, Daniel should first be clear about what he wants to do. There is no point in trying to convince him to do something – he has to decide for himself. If he wants to drive with us, he will definitely call. Otherwise he will rest or do something completely different.”

Italian Grand Prix, Autodromo Nazionale Monza

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 1:20:27.511 h
02. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +2.446sec
03. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, +3.405
04. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, +5.061
05. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +5.380
06. Sergio Perez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, +6.091
07. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +6.207
08. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri, +6.396
09. Nyck de Vries (NL), Williams, +7.122
10. Guanyu Zhou (RC), Alfa Romeo, +7.910
11. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +8,323
12. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas, +8.549
13. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo, +1 lap
14. Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri, +1 Rde
15. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, +1 lap
16. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, +1 lap
outside
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren, engine trouble
Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, Energy Recovery
Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine, loss of water, engine overheats
Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin, energy recovery

Championship status (after 16 of 22 races)

the driver
01. Verstappen 335 points
02. Leclerc 219
03. Perez 210
04.Russell 203
05. Sainz 187
06.Hamilton 168
07. Norris 88
08. Okon 66
09. Alonso 59
10. Botta’s 46
11. Gas 22
12. Magnussen 22
13. Hag 20
14. Ricciardo 19
15. Schumacher 12
16. Tsunoda 11
17.zhou 6
18. Walk 5
19. Albon 4
20. De Vries 2
21. Latifi 0
22. Nico Hulkenberg (D) 0

Builders Trophy
01. Red Bull Racing 545 points
02. Ferrari 406
03.Mercedes 371
04. Alpine 125
05. McLaren 107
06. Alfa Romeo 52
07. Haas 34
08. Alpha Tauri 33
09. Aston Martin 25
10. Williams 6