Nico Hulkenberg on the 'break' from F1: It's been very positive

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Nico Hulkenberg on the 'break' from F1: It's been very positive
Nico Hulkenberg on the 'break' from F1: It's been very positive (Provided by Sport World News)

Nico Hulkenberg returns to the Haas team after a three-year break, having been a reserve driver for the Racing Point/Aston Martin team. "It's been very positive for me," he told "Obviously, I can only talk about my own case.

But yeah, 2019 was not always great. I felt I wanted that time away at that point. And then once you step away, you also develop a different understanding and new perspectives on how things went, what you've done. You reflect on many things, and process the whole thing.

Even a winter break, you think three months is a lot – it's actually not, because you're still connected, you still do work. And the time properly away has I think helped me a lot. I got married, I became a father. I mean, that all happened, that's just life.

I think that doesn't influence me. I mean, it influences anyone in a way obviously, because it does something, but it was more the disconnection in the professional sense."

Nico Hulkenberg

The role of the reserve driver is not what he is used to.

Hulkenberg loves adrenaline. His goal is to be as good as possible. "It was a very different role to what I used to do," he said. "If you're not in the car, if you're not in the hot seat, and you don't have to perform day in, day out, it's a very different feeling.

You're much more relaxed, because you just cut out the bad days that you get in the car. So from that point of view that's been relaxed, but at the same time you miss what you get from racing, the excitement, the thrill, the kick.

And that's also that feeling that prevailed, that I want to go back, and I want to do this for some more time."