McLaren Team Principal, Martin Whitmarsh has today ruled out the Woking based team from making any offer to driver Nico Hulkenberg, stating that the German’s height and talent would both be too much for the team to handle.
Whitmarsh, who was speaking after Hulkenberg recorded his best result in Formula 1, holding of Lewis Hamilton for a masterful fourth place in the Korean Grand Prix, confirmed today that Hulkenberg was not on McLaren’s radar as they look to finalise their 2014 roster.
“It’s obviously disappointing for Nico to hear that we’re not interested in signing him,” said Whitmash, “But the reality is that Hulkenberg is both too tall and too talented to drive for McLaren. His amazing pace, ability to get the best out of an under-performing car and tactical nous on the racetrack would easily show us up for the underachieving outfit that we’ve become.
“I mean, having Nico here would mean everyone would realise just how pedestrian Jenson Button is and we’re fairly certain that we lack the engineering capability to deliver a car that he can drive the wheels off too, like he’s currently doing with Sauber. In other words, it’d make everyone here look even worse than they already do and we can’t have that, especially not me.”
Whitmarsh went on to point out that, “We’re ready to accept that we’re a mid-field team who are happy to live on our past glories for a while longer. As a result of that navel gazing, we don’t think a driver of Nico’s huge talent would be a good fit for our mediocre ambitions or ability.