Nico Hulkenberg's options to remain in Formula 1 next season are limited. If he is forced out, it would be a premature end to his grand prix career, although cruelly fitting for one that has always promised more than it has delivered.
His former Renault team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr put Hulkenberg's prospect of finding a seat in simple but strong terms: "If it was about speed and talent, he should be on the F1 grid until whenever he wants."
Hulkenberg, dropped by Renault for 2020 and now snubbed by Haas too, knows it is about more than that. That's why he says his future is "to a big extent out of my control, out of my hands".