Ex-Formula 1 driver Nico Hulkenberg will make a guest appearance in the ADAC GT Masters’ Nurburgring round, his first competitive outing since losing his Renault seat.
Hulkenberg started 177 grands prix for Williams, Sauber, Force India and Renault across 2010 to 2019, but was replaced by Esteban Ocon for the current campaign.
Hulkenberg is understood to have been close to a Haas drive, and was in contention at Alfa Romeo, but both squads opted to retain their current line-up, leaving him without a seat.
Hulkenberg will drive a Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo for newcomers mcchip-dkr at the former German Grand Prix venue across August 15/16.
Hulkenberg will partner mcchip-dkr’s Managing Director Danny Kubasik, who will compete under the pseudonym ‘Dieter Schmidtmann’.
“The ADAC GT Masters is an exciting series with cool cars, and after a break of almost eight months, I’m really keen to get behind the wheel again and feel the adrenalin flow,” said Hulkenberg.
“With the 2020 Formula 1 at last having got underway, my fingers are twitching.
“To all rumour merchants out there, I’d like to make it quite clear that this guest start is to be interpreted as no more than a minor venture into GT sport.
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge, but I also know that we’ll have to stretch ourselves quite a bit to be competitive.”