Hulkenberg Rejects Rumors About His Contract With Haas

by Adam OndrikFriday, 09 February 2024 at 20:00
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Nico Hulkenberg recently addressed rumors about his potential future contract with Haas on social media.
Nico Hulkenberg joined Haas ahead of the season 2023 after a three-year "break." His current contract with the team lasts until the end of the season 2024.
While Haas's team principal, Ayao Komatsu, asserted that it isn't the team's priority to deal with the driver contracts at the moment, rumors started circulating on social media suggesting Hulkenberg already has a contract for the 2025 season.
What prompted these rumors? It seems that everything started with What Alex Harrington from Sports Illustrated wrote on X (formerly Twitter):

"Nico Hulkenberg has confirmed to me that he has an extended contract with Haas. He will race for them in 2025. Kevin Magnussen is still waiting. They couldn’t give me more details."

However, everything was dismissed by Hulkenberg himself on social media shortly after when he commented "Don‘t believe everything. Someone took a joke a bit too seriously."
According to Planet F1, a spokesperson from Haas also clarified that no contract had been signed between the team and the German driver beyond the 2024 season.
But would it even make sense for the 36-year-old driver to stay with Haas? The team was struggling significantly during the most recent season, and early signs suggest 2024 will be no different.
The American team made a big change and replaced the team principal, Guenther Steiner, along with the team's technical director, Simone Resta, in hopes of sparking change that would improve the team's performance in upcoming seasons.
However, from what Komatsu hinted, the team is far behind as of the beginning of 2024, and while there are chances that Haas might make a big step forward later on, it is unlikely the team will be very successful in 2025.
Hulkenberg showed he has what it takes to compete in F1 during the most recent season, and some other teams might perhaps be interested in an experienced driver of his caliber. Do you think the German should stay with Haas? Or should he perhaps try something new if he gets the opportunity?