In a statement for the press, Hulkenberg announced that he has ended his partnership with Williams and that he will look for another team to race for in 2011.
“I heavily regret that. I would have been happy to stay with Williams. I want to thank the team for a great time and I wish Williams all the best for the future,” said Hulkenberg in the statement.
Needless to say, his manager will not look for other arrangements for his client, with some teams still to complete their lineups for the 2011 campaign. Among them, it's believed that Force India and even Lotus are potential destinations for the 23-year old German.
“I am negotiating with other teams. Nico will have his seat in F1 in 2011,” admitted his manager Willi Weber.
Replacing Hulkenberg at Williams will likely by Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado, although he wasn't officially introduced as a Williams driver for 2011. According to the British reporters from Autosport, it seems that the reason why Hulkenberg decided not to renew his deal with Williams – yes, he was the one to let go of the collaboration – was because he was offered a multi-year deal, followed by a switch to Hispania Racing F1 Team.
Recently, Williams signed an agreement with the Spanish squad for the supply of Grove-developed hydraulics and gearbox.