Nico Hülkenberg finds it unrealistic that he will be Max Verstappen's teammate in 2020 at Red Bull Racing. The German will be replaced by Renault next season at Esteban Ocon and is looking for a new seat in Formula 1.
Red Bull has not registered a driver for Verstappen before 2020, so becoming a teammate of the Dutchman could be one of the few options for Hülkenberg.
"I couldn't say no to a team like Red Bull," the German said in Singapore on Thursday. "It would be a big challenge, because Max is a killer and one of the fastest. But no, it's not realistic that I go there."
Serious conversations between Haas and Hülkenberg
32-year-old Hülkenberg was in the running to replace Romain Grosjean at Haas, but it was announced there on Thursday that the Frenchman could stay. There were conversations between 'Hulk' and the American team.
"Haas was definitely an option and we were talking. It was pretty serious. I don't want to go into too much detail," he said. "I am not disappointed that it did not go ahead, because we simply could not get it done."
See also: Haas F1 will continue to hold on to experienced Grosjean in 2020 alongside Magnussen
"Don't have it in your own hands anymore"
Besides the according to the driver unrealistic step to Red Bull, the seat at Alfa Romeo alongside Kimi Räikkönen and the vacant place of Robert Kubica at Williams remain.
"It is clear what is still possible, but I no longer have it in my own hands. The only thing I can do is perform on the job. I think there are still opportunities, but I am not really sure" , Hülkenberg analyzed. "I know Alfa Romeo's team boss so that can help."
Hülkenberg is not desperate to stay in Formula 1
Antonio Giovinazzi's seat seems to be the only serious option for the driver with 172 Grands Prix. He does not like a return to Williams, who is not performing well this season.
"They are certainly not the best team on the grid. If I make a deal with a team I must feel that it makes sense. I am not desperate to stay in Formula 1 and tackle everything", explained the German.
See also: Kubica decides to leave Williams one year after Formula 1 return
Driver has many tasks at the same time
Hülkenberg knows what he has to offer Formula 1. "I am a fast driver and consistent. A driver has many tasks at the same time. You have to be fast, but you also have to motivate the team and help them move forward. There are many elements," he summed up.
"With ten years in sports, I have a lot of experience. Teams must determine whether they like me or not."
Times Grand Prix of Singapore
- Friday: First free practice - 10.30 a.m.
- Friday: Second free practice - 2.30 p.m.
- Saturday: Third free practice - 12:00
- Saturday: Qualification - 3 p.m.
- Sunday: Race - 2.10 p.m.