Formula 1 veteran and current Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg, whose contract expires at the end of the 2019 season, was recently rumored as a potential candidate to replace Pierre Gasly at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing starting in the 2020 season.
Gasly has been the subject of replacement rumors for much of the opening stages of the 2019 season, as he has struggled ever since replacing Hulkenberg’s new teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, at Red Bull Racing ahead of this season.
But as far as Hulkenberg is concerned, Red Bull Racing team manager Helmut Marko has called these rumors “nonsense”.
Here is what Marko had to say about the matter, according to Planet F1.
“These rumours are so far-fetched that I do not even want to comment on them anymore. It’s absolute nonsense, that’s what I said to Gasly, who even called me about it.”
But even with all of that said, with Red Bull Racing having ended their 12-year partnership with Renault and switched their engine manufacturer to Honda after the end of last season and with them having lost Ricciardo to the French marque on a two-year contract, signing Hulkenberg could potentially add more fuel to the fire when it comes to the feud between these two teams, and to the advantage of the energy drinks team.