“I think they need somebody else,” he said when asked by RaceFans. “I think I’m not the right person, the right driver for them.
“It’s just where I am in my career, where they are, and the timings, I just don’t think it’s the right timing for us. With all due respect to the team, obviously I’ve raced for them and everything, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.”
With Red Bull set to keep the four drivers it runs across two teams in place next year, the only other chance of a race seat for Hulkenberg could be to step into Antonio Giovinazzi’s seat at Alfa Romeo. Hulkenberg said he could see himself driving for them, but ruled out a reserve or test driver role at any team. “That’s not an option,” he said.
Hulkenberg suggested he could “maybe not race for a while” if the right opportunity doesn’t come along for next season.
“Honestly, I don’t know right now. It depends on what happens, what unfolds here. Once we have that answer, I’ll look at other things.
“But I don’t want to rush into something and just jump on something to race. It needs to be something that I like, a challenge that excites me.
“So I have no conclusion, no perfect answer for that yet.”
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