F1 News: Hulkenberg Reportedly Closer To 2023 Haas Deal

F1 News: Hulkenberg Reportedly Closer To 2023 Haas Deal

Haas remains one of only two companies without full training for 2023, and most of the issues in the driver market have now been resolved.

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Mick Schumacher is still fighting for his future in the sport and the American team is still considering whether he deserves a new contract.

Günther Steiner had previously set the criteria by which Schumacher could receive an extension, with greater consistency as one of the key requirements.

Schumacher almost closed the performance gap on his teammate Kevin Magnussen, proving to be as good as his more experienced partner.

Despite this, Nico Hulkenberg is a strong contender to join the team if Schumacher does not stay, with Steiner confirming his candidacy after the summer break.

A new report from Motor Sport Magazine is one of the first to say that Haas have already decided on their pairing for the 2023 season.

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Although there is no official information, the report indicates that Niko Hulkenberg will be selected as a pilot next year along with Kevin Magnussen.

Hulkenberg still seems keen to return to F1, with Gunther Steiner "impressed by the ruthlessness of Hulkenberg's phone calls".

Some suspected the 35-year-old would be interested in returning to midfield, but the German avoided entering other categories and remained in the F1 bubble, biding his time.

It appears to be the time to pounce, with Haas reluctant to offer Schumacher a contract extension despite the youngster's marked improvement in performance.

This information is somewhat contradicted by reports after the Japanese Grand Prix, which indicated that Schumacher was in talks with Haas for next year, with both sides avoiding serious negotiations over their futures at the start of the season.

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Hulkenberg's failure to reach the podium is often noted, but nothing detracts from his successful midfield campaigns with Renault and Force India.

However, Schumacher's struggles from last year cannot be said to continue, so the youngster is certainly giving Haas a headache.

Günter Steiner said he was in no rush to make a decision and had previously stressed that a final decision could be expected in September or October next year.

September is over and November is fast approaching, so the announcement is just around the corner.

Somehow, the wait for the Haas decision continues.

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