Silly season still heating up: Hulkenberg denies Haas deal

Amid the whirlwind of Formula 1’s “silly season,” Nico Hulkenberg has added his own twist, firmly stating he’s not locked down for 2025, despite rumors. The frenzy kicked off with Lewis Hamilton’s bombshell move from Mercedes to Ferrari for 2025, leaving drivers and teams in a scramble to secure their futures.

In the eye of this storm, Hulkenberg was reported by a Sports Illustrated journalist to have inked a deal with Haas for 2025, based on an interview that seemed more jest than journalism. Hulkenberg’s response on X? “Don’t believe everything. Someone took a joke a bit too serious.” This denial isn’t just about setting the record straight; it’s a clear signal to other teams that Hulkenberg is still on the market, especially after expressing disappointment with Haas’ performance last season.

The silly season saga doesn’t end with Hulkenberg. Alex Albon of Williams has also voiced his observations, noting a trend where teams seem to want the same drivers for 2025 and 2026. “We’ll see,” he says, adding an air of mystery to his own future.

Alpine’s duo, along with big names like Fernando Alonso, Carlos Sainz, and Sergio Perez, are also reminding everyone of their availability, making the 2025 grid anyone’s guess. Pierre Gasly summed up the sentiment perfectly: “I knew it was going to be a crazy season… I didn’t think it would start so soon – in January.” His advice? Lock in your contract sooner rather than later.

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