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Nico Hülkenberg
Born 19 1987 (1987-Template:Pad2digit-Template:Pad2digit) (age 30)
Emmerich am Rhein, Germany
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Nicolas "Nico" Hülkenberg (born 19 August 1987 in Emmerich am Rhein, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany) is a German professional racing driver. He was the 2009 champion of the GP2 Series, and is a previous champion of both the Formula 3 Euro Series and A1 Grand Prix, as part of A1 Team Germany. He is one of three drivers since 2005 to win the GP2 series championship in his debut season, the others being Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Hülkenberg raced in Formula One in 2010 with the Williams team. Despite winning the first pole position for Williams in over 5 years he was not retained for 2011, and joined Force India as a test and reserve driver. He was promoted to a race seat with the team for the 2012 season, joining Paul di Resta.[1][2] For 2013 he signed for the Sauber team,[3] with 21-year old Mexican driver Esteban Gutiérrez as his team-mate.[4]

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Hülkenberg made his karting debut in 1997, at the age of 10. In 2002 he was German Junior Karting Champion and the following year he won the German Kart Championship.[5]

Hülkenberg was previously managed by Willi Weber, the long-time manager of Michael Schumacher. Weber predicted that Hülkenberg would be ready for Formula One by 2008. He also praised Hülkenberg as an "unbelievable talent" and said he reminded him of Schumacher as a young driver. He also stated that he nicknamed him "The Hulk", after the fictional superhero, in reference to Hülkenberg changing his personality whilst at the wheel.[6]

Formula BMW (2005)Edit

2005 saw his debut in German Formula BMW. His first season was a very successful one, with Hülkenberg dominating the championship and winning the title comfortably. He finished first in the Formula BMW world final but was stripped of the win after it was claimed he had brake-tested his rivals during a safety car period.[5]

A1 Grand Prix (2006–07)Edit

He also joined the German A1 Grand Prix team for the 2006–07 season. Nine wins in his rookie season made him the most successful driver in A1GP history. It meant he almost single-handedly won Germany the championship with 128 points, 35 more than Team New Zealand.[5]

Formula Three (2006–08)Edit

Hülkenberg finished fifth in the German Formula Three Championship (ATS Formel 3 Cup) in 2006. For 2007 he switched to the Formula 3 Euro Series with the ASM team that had taken Lewis Hamilton and Paul di Resta to the last two championships. His first win came at the Norisring[5] from 18th on the grid, he won again in the rain at Zandvoort[7] and added a third at the Nürburgring.[8] But he ran into trouble at Magny-Cours, being penalised in qualifying for passing the chequered flag twice, and crashing into Filip Salaquarda in the race.[5]

He won the (non-championship) Masters of Formula 3 race at Zolder from team mate (and F3 Euro Series championship leader) Romain Grosjean after Grosjean stalled at the start.[9]

Hülkenberg won the Formula 3 Euro Series championship in 2008. Almost unbeatable on a Saturday, Hülkenberg amassed 76 of his total of 85 points during the feature races run that day, taking seven wins in the progress.

GP2 Series (2009)Edit

Nico Hulkenberg 2009 GP2 Monaco

Hülkenberg driving for ART Grand Prix at the Monaco round of the 2009 GP2 Series season

He made his GP2 Asia Series début for the ART Grand Prix team at the third round of the 2008–09 GP2 Asia Series season in Bahrain, where he took pole position at his first attempt.[10] He finished both races in fourth place and this left him in seventh place in the championship. His second race weekend in Qatar, saw him become the first night race pole-sitter, and promptly turned that into becoming the first race-winner under lights after a dominant performance. Such was his performance that he ended up over thirteen seconds clear of second-placed driver Sergio Pérez.[11] He finished third in the sprint race, taking his championship points tally to 27 from just four races. Despite this, he finished sixth in the championship.

Hülkenberg continued with ART into the 2009 GP2 Series season (partnering Pastor Maldonado), and took his first win in dominant fashion, during his home round of the series at the Nürburgring. With the series' top eight inverted grid, Hülkenberg started eighth for the sprint race. He won the sprint race as well, becoming the first driver to do the weekend double since Giorgio Pantano at Monza in the 2006 season. In doing so, he became only the second driver to complete the clean sweep, with pole position, two fastest laps and two wins; equalling the achievements of Nelson Piquet, Jr., who achieved it at the Hungaroring, also in 2006. Hülkenberg clinched the title with two races to spare, after a third place finish in the Monza sprint race, shadowing Brazilians Luiz Razia and Lucas di Grassi home. The result left him with an unassailable 22-point lead heading to the final round, and in the process becoming the first driver to clinch the championship without the need for a final round decider. A fifth win followed at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, allowing the German to break the 100-point barrier, and eventually won the title by 25 points from Vitaly Petrov. Worthy of note is that Hülkenberg ended the season 64 points clear of his team mate Pastor Maldonado, who would later go on to get his Williams race seat for the 2011 F1 season.

Formula OneEdit

Nico Hulkenberg 2010 Malaysia 2nd Free Practice

Hülkenberg scored his first World Championship point at the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Hülkenberg first drove a Formula One car in a test for Williams in 2007. His manager, Willi Weber, had organised the test after failing to conclude a deal with Renault boss Flavio Briatore. The two-day test was held at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain, and Hülkenberg outpaced Williams' driver Kazuki Nakajima, and set laptimes 0.4 seconds slower than Nico Rosberg.[12] Hülkenberg's performance at the test led to the Williams team signing him as a test driver, and he competed in several test sessions in addition to racing in lower formulae.[12] His test contract with Williams was extended for 2009, despite in-season tests being banned from that season.[13] Hülkenberg would also act as the team's reserve driver, in the event of the regular drivers being unable to compete.

Williams (2010)Edit

On 2 November 2009, Hülkenberg was confirmed to race for Williams in 2010.[14] Hülkenberg's team-mate for his first season would be the experienced driver Rubens Barrichello, who moved from Brawn GP which in turn was bought out by Mercedes-Benz.

Hülkenberg made his debut at the Template:F1 GP, recovering from an early spin to finish in fourteenth position. At the second round in Australia, he was involved in a first-lap incident with Kamui Kobayashi, after the Japanese driver's front wing failed and sent him into the barrier, rebounding into the path of Hülkenberg. At the third round in Malaysia, Hülkenberg made it to Q3 for the first time, qualifying in fifth place; out-qualifying team-mate Barrichello for the first time. Hülkenberg looked set to finish eleventh in the race until Fernando Alonso blew his engine three laps from the end, thus promoting Hülkenberg to tenth place and with the new-for-2010 points system, Hülkenberg along with Jaime Alguersuari scored their first points in Formula One. He was tenth again at Silverstone, and at the Template:F1 GP he finished sixth, a career best. He also picked up points finishes in Italy, Singapore, and Korea. At the Template:F1 GP, Renault driver Vitaly Petrov misjudged a move at the start and cut across Hülkenberg's nose thus taking them both out of the race. Towards the end of the season there were reports that he could lose his seat at Williams to the GP2 Series champion Pastor Maldonado due to the money Maldonado could bring to the team.[15] Force India's Adrian Sutil was also linked to replace Hülkenberg at Williams.

On 6 November he gained his first Formula One pole position, by 1.049 seconds over Sebastian Vettel at the Template:F1 GP. This was the Williams team's first pole position since the 2005 European Grand Prix. Hülkenberg completed a final lap after pole position was already secured, increasing his gap to the rest of the field.[16] After losing the lead on the opening lap, he eventually finished the race in eighth place.

After the Template:F1 GP, team boss Frank Williams confirmed that Hülkenberg would not be driving for the team in 2011.[17]

Force India (2011–2012)Edit

2011
Nico Hulkenberg 2011 Malaysia FP1

Hülkenberg as Force India's third driver at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix.

On 26 January 2011, Hülkenberg was confirmed as Force India's reserve driver for the 2011 season, where he would drive for the team in the Friday practice sessions.[18] He has replaced Paul di Resta, who was promoted to a race position in the team. Hülkenberg competed in the first practice sessions of all the races apart from Monaco, Hungary, Korea, India and Abu Dhabi. On 16 December 2011, Force India announced di Resta and Hülkenberg would be their drivers for the 2012 season.[1]

2012
Nico Hulkenberg 2012 Malaysia FP2

By the time of the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix, Hülkenberg had been promoted to a full-time race seat.

Hülkenberg qualified ninth for the Template:F1 GP, six places ahead of di Resta, but his race ended on the first lap after picking up damage in a first-corner incident before retiring further round the course. He picked up his first points for Force India the following weekend, at the Template:F1 GP; he finished in ninth place, having started the race in sixteenth. He again qualified sixteenth, for the Template:F1 GP. He achieved his best Formula One finish with a fourth place at the Template:F1 GP. Hülkenberg didn't score any points in Italy or Singapore, but collected points at all of the next five Grands Prix, except on the Yas Marina Circuit where he was involved in a collision on the first lap, and subsequently retired. This was the first time he scored points in more than two races in a row.

Nico Hülkenberg, United States Grand Prix, Austin 2012

Hülkenberg at the 2012 US Grand Prix

In the last race of the season, the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix, Hülkenberg qualified 7th but was promoted to 6th after Pastor Maldonado received a 10 place grid penalty. By lap three he had moved forward two places and on lap five he passed Fernando Alonso for third place. He moved into second position when McLaren's Lewis Hamilton pitted on lap 11. Hülkenberg then passed Jenson Button at the start of lap 19 to take the lead. He and Button built up a 45 second lead before the safety car was deployed because of debris on the track. He still led until he was passed by Hamilton, after sliding at the entry of Turn 8 on lap 49. On lap 55 he collided with Hamilton when the rear of Hülkenberg's car slid out while trying to pass him at Turn 1. This ended Hamilton's last race for McLaren. After being given a drive-through penalty as a result of the incident, Hülkenberg finished fifth, allowing him to take 11th place in the drivers' championship from Kamui Kobayashi.

Hülkenberg finished the year 17 points ahead of his teammate Paul di Resta and he out-qualified him 12 times, to di Resta's eight.

Sauber (2013)Edit

On 31 October 2012 Sauber confirmed they had signed Hülkenberg for the 2013 season to replace Sergio Pérez, who moved to McLaren.[19]

Hülkenberg failed to start the Template:F1 GP due to a leak in the fuel system of his Sauber C32; he had qualified eleventh for the race,[20] but was withdrawn for safety reasons.[21] At the Template:F1 GP, Hülkenberg qualified in twelfth, but finished the race in eighth place.[22] Hülkenberg put in his best qualifying performance of the season to date at the Italian Grand Prix to put himself 3rd on the grid. After losing two places to Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, he managed to keep the 5th place even after the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg was on his tail in the end of the race. By finishing in 5th he overtook Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne in the overall standings.

Racing recordEdit

Career summaryEdit

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2005 Formula BMW ADAC Josef Kaufmann Racing 20 8 9 6 14 287 1st
Formula BMW World Final 1 0 0 1 1 N/A 3rd
2006 German Formula Three Josef Kaufmann Racing 18 1 3 5 6 78 5th
V de V Challenge Endurance Moderne Griffith's 2 1 2  ? 1 50 17th
2006–07 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team Germany 20 9 3 5 14 128 1st
2007 Formula 3 Euro Series ASM Formule 3 20 4 2 3 8 72 3rd
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 23rd
Masters of Formula 3 1 1 0 0 1 N/A 1st
2008 Formula 3 Euro Series ART Grand Prix 20 7 6 7 8 87 1st
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 1 0 1 N/A 2nd
2008–09 GP2 Asia Series ART Grand Prix 4 1 2 0 2 27 6th
2009 GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 20 5 3 5 10 100 1st
Formula One AT&T Williams Test driver
2010 Formula One AT&T Williams 19 0 1 0 0 22 14th
2011 Formula One Force India F1 Team Test driver
2012 Formula One Sahara Force India F1 Team 20 0 0 1 0 63 11th
2013 Formula One Sauber F1 Team 14 0 0 0 0 31 11th*

* Season in progress.

Complete A1 Grand Prix resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2006–07 Germany NED
SPR

4
NED
FEA

1
CZE
SPR

Ret
CZE
FEA

4
BEI
SPR

5
BEI
FEA

Ret
MYS
SPR

2
MYS
FEA

1
IDN
SPR

5
IDN
FEA

2
NZL
SPR

1
NZL
FEA

1
AUS
SPR

1
AUS
FEA

1
RSA
SPR

1
RSA
FEA

1
MEX
SPR
MEX
FEA
SHA
SPR

3
SHA
FEA

3
GBR
SPR

2
GBR
SPR

1
1st 128

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2007 ART Grand Prix Dallara F305/021 Mercedes HOC1
1

2
HOC1
2

7
BRH
1

4
BRH
2

6
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

1
MAG
1

Ret
MAG
2

14
MUG
1

21
MUG
2

14
ZAN
1

6
ZAN
2

1
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

4
CAT
1

2
CAT
2

8
NOG
1

3
NOG
2

3
HOC2
1

1
HOC2
2

7
3rd 72
2008 ART Grand Prix Dallara F308/009 Mercedes HOC1
1

Ret
HOC1
2

Ret
MUG
1

1
MUG
2

5
PAU
1

Ret
PAU
2

16
NOR
1

1
NOR
2

Ret
ZAN
1

1
ZAN
2

13
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

4
BRH
1

1
BRH
2

5
CAT
1

1
CAT
2

Ret
LMS
1

24
LMS
2

8
HOC2
1

1
HOC2
2

3
1st 87

Complete GP2 Series resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2009 ART Grand Prix ESP
FEA

9
ESP
SPR

14
MON
FEA

5
MON
SPR

3
TUR
FEA

5
TUR
SPR

4
GBR
FEA

3
GBR
SPR

5
GER
FEA

1
GER
SPR

1
HUN
FEA

1
HUN
SPR

7
VAL
FEA

2
VAL
SPR

1
BEL
FEA

2
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

6
ITA
SPR

3
POR
FEA

1
POR
SPR

16
1st 100

Complete GP2 Asia Series resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
2008–09 ART Grand Prix CHN
FEA
CHN
SPR
DUB
FEA
DUB
SPR
BHR1
FEA

4
BHR1
SPR

4
QAT
FEA

1
QAT
SPR

3
MYS
FEA
MYS
SPR
BHR2
FEA
BHR2
SPR
6th 27

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 WDC Points
2010 AT&T Williams Williams FW32 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 BHR
14
AUS
Ret
MAL
10
CHN
15
ESP
16
MON
Ret
TUR
17
CAN
13
EUR
Ret
GBR
10
GER
13
HUN
6
BEL
14
ITA
7
SIN
10
JPN
Ret
KOR
10
BRA
8
ABU
16
14th 22
2011 Force India F1 Team Force India VJM04 Mercedes FO 108Y 2.4 V8 AUS
TD
MAL
TD
CHN
TD
TUR
TD
ESP
TD
MON CAN
TD
EUR
TD
GBR
TD
GER
TD
HUN
TD
BEL
TD
ITA
TD
SIN JPN
TD
KOR IND ABU BRA
TD
 –  –
2012 Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM05 Mercedes FO 108Z 2.4 V8 AUS
Ret
MAL
9
CHN
15
BHR
12
ESP
10
MON
8
CAN
12
EUR
5
GBR
12
GER
9
HUN
11
BEL
4
ITA
21†
SIN
14
JPN
7
KOR
6
IND
8
ABU
Ret
USA
8
BRA
5
11th 63
2013 Sauber F1 Team Sauber C32 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 AUS
DNS
MAL
8
CHN
10
BHR
12
ESP
15
MON
11
CAN
Ret
GBR
10
GER
10
HUN
11
BEL
13
ITA
5
SIN
9
KOR
4
JPN
6
IND
ABU
USA
BRA
10th* 39*

* Season in progress.

Template:Sup Driver failed to finish the race, but was classified as he had completed >90% of the race distance.

ReferencesEdit

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External linksEdit


Preceded by:
Sebastian Vettel
German Formula BMW
Drivers' Champion

2005
Succeeded by:
Christian Vietoris
Preceded by:
Nicolas Lapierre
Alexandre Prémat
(Team France)
A1 Grand Prix
Champion
with Christian Vietoris
(Team Germany)

2006–07
Succeeded by:
Neel Jani
(Team Switzerland)
Preceded by:
Paul di Resta
Formula Three Masters
Winner

2007
Succeeded by:
Jules Bianchi
Preceded by:
Romain Grosjean
Formula 3 Euro Series
Champion

2008
Succeeded by:
Jules Bianchi
Preceded by:
Giorgio Pantano
GP2 Series
Champion

2009
Succeeded by:
Pastor Maldonado

Template:Formula One teams Template:Sauber Template:Force India F1 Template:F3 Euroseries champions



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