Hulkenberg out of F1 options and might not race in 2020

Nico Hulkenberg has ruled out accepting the remaining options that could keep him in Formula 1 in 2020 and may end up taking a break from all racing next year.

Hulkenberg will be replaced by Esteban Ocon next year at Renault and has seen talks with Haas and Alfa Romeo end with those teams retaining Romain Grosjean and Antonio Giovinazzi respectively.

The German recently branded a report linking him to DTM as “fake news”, while others have claimed Ferrari are hoping to tempt him with a development driver role.

The likes of Daniil Kvyat and Pascal Wehrlein have fulfilled similar duties for the Scuderia after dropping off the F1 grid in recent years.

After confirming he had no interest in a test role, Hulkenberg admitted 2020 could pass without him in motorsport at all.

“Maybe [I could] not race for a while. Honestly, I don’t know right now.

“It depends on what happens and what unfolds here. Once we have that answer, I’ll look at other things.

“I don’t want to rush into something or jump on something just to race. It needs to be something that I like, a challenge that excites me.

“I have no conclusion, no perfect answer for that yet.”

Although Williams also have a vacancy for 2020, Hulkenberg has previously ruled out any interest in returning to the team he debuted in F1 with in 2010.