Ex-engineer and Formula 1 insider is astonished, adding criticism of the Haas Formula 1 team saying that bringing in ‘the Hulk’ for Schumacher ‘makes no sense’. In the upcoming Formula 1 season, the Haas F1 team will be using the 35-year-old Nico Hulkenberg instead of 23-year-old Mick Schumacher. A former engineer is questioning the decision and speaks of it as a “waste of time”.
The reasons for the Haas team’s choice of Nico Hülkenberg for next season have been explained many times in the past. However, many fans are still wondering why the US outfit did not stick with Mick Schumacher, who is twelve years younger, to prepare for the future.
Former F1 engineer Blake Hinsey (Red Bull, among others) also wonders about the team’s decision. “I like Nico because he was in the other car when I was at Force India. He is a good driver. But will he be better than Mick in two years? I don’t know. And it’s hard to say,” Hinsey told GPFans, hinting that he would have stayed with Schumacher.
Hülkenberg for Schumacher “makes no sense”
Mick gave him the impression that he was not pushing the car to the limit and that he was just trying to get used to F1. However, the 23-year-old had some really good moments in the middle of the season.
That’s why he found it “really strange” to be sacked and Hülkenberg hired at the same time. “It makes no sense to me,” said the engineer, who even called it a “waste of time”.
Hinsey does not want his words to be taken as a criticism of Nico Hülkenberg. He believes that the German veteran will hold his own at Haas.
“I think he will do well. He will do well,” said the former engineer, who did not rule out the possibility of Kevin Magnussen winning the team battle. “Will Kevin beat him? Maybe,” he said.
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Because every current F1 engineer that has seen the data knows Mick is a PR boon and not a winning driver.
How many times do principals eventually admit that they publicly said a driver was great or they were interested in a driver but they really were not. They just wanted their rivals to pick up a bad driver and pay him more to hurt their financials,
If a team wanted mick they would take him. Merc needs a German to sell cars.