Now I can choose from pizza maker, hairdresser, or gynaecologist - Hulkenberg admits Indycar is a 2020 option

<i>Image: AFP</i>
<i>Image: AFP</i>

Nico Hulkenberg has confirmed reports that he might switch to Indycar for 2020.

Although it was clear the potential Formula 1 cockpits were filling up fast, the German finally announced in Brazil that he will not be on the 2020 grid.

No retirement just yet

"Now I can choose from pizza maker, hairdresser, dentist or gynaecologist," he joked at Interlagos.

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Dumped by Renault, Hulkenberg admits it will be "sad" when for the first time in a decade he tunes in to watch the Australian GP next March on TV.

But he says it's not all bad.

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"I'm looking forward to a little more free time and not having to live by this calendar. For one, I want to go to the Australian Open tennis in January, which is not something I have been able to do in the last ten years," said the 32-year-old.

However, Hulkenberg insists he is not retiring, and will remain match-fit for F1 - even though he rules out sticking around simply to be a reserve driver.

"It's not my retirement, it's a no for F1 in 2020. I love this sport and these cars and I will be ready and fit if there is a chance for a comeback," he said.

He has already rubbished reports that he is moving to DTM, blaming "bored" journalists for those stories.

'I'm not a fan of ovals'

"I have received some calls from some racing teams, but I have not signed anything and I will not for some time. I want to take the time I need to decide what I want to do," said Hulkenberg.

But he is not so dismissive of the rumours linking him with Indycar - even though he continues to rule out racing on the high speed American ovals.

"I have always said that I'm not a fan of ovals. I just don't like them and it doesn't seem to be for me. So yes, I would restrict myself to road circuits," he said.

Overall, he says he is not bitter that his F1 career is ending without even a single podium.

"If I look back, it could have gone better here or there. The potential for more was there. But I can live with that," said Hulkenberg.

"And it's good that I can live with it, because I can't change it. I'm fine with me," he added.

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