Nico Hülkenberg moved his way through the ranks of motor racing on his journey to Formula One at some speed, rising through Formula BMW, A1 Grand Prix and Formula Three before winning the GP2 series at his first attempt in 2009, a feat equalled by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. This impressive and quick progression through the various formulae attracted the attention of Formula One teams, and saw him have a test drive with Williams in 2007. He managed to outpace Williams driver Kazuki Nakajima, and was appointed as test and reserve driver for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
I was at the Williams Factory for the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix when Patrick Head told us that he was very excited about the new driver that Williams was about to announce for the 2010 season. The next day, the team announced that their line up would be the veteran Rubens Barrichello, who was moving from the championship winning Brawn team, alongside Nico. However, 2010 turned out to be a lacklustre season for the team, and Nico’s best result was a sixth place and Hungary. At the end of the season, Frank Williams announced that Nico would not be driving for the team in 2011. He was appointed the Force India test driver, to replace Paul Di Resta, who had been promoted to a race seat. In 2012, Nico joined Di Resta with a race seat, replacing Adrian Sutil. It was a better season for Nico than 2010, with his best result being a fourth place in Belgium. In 2013, he moved to the Sauber team to partner rookie Esteban Gutierrez, and replacing Sergio Perez who had moved to McLaren. It was a difficult first race for Nico, as he actually failed to start the Australian Grand Prix in 2013, due to a leak in the fuel system. His season got started properly at the second race in Malaysia, although did not deliver what he might have expected from the team.
2014 saw a move back to Force India for Nico, where he was partnered by Sergio Perez, which continued through 2015 and in to 2016. 2017 sees a move to Renault for Nico.
Here’s a video I took of Nico in pre-season testing 2015.
There is a list of my various galleries of Formula One drivers here.
Here are some of my pictures of Nico over the years, I hope that you like them.
Nico Hulkenberg at the 2016 British Grand Prix
Nico Hulkenberg in Formula One Winter Testing 2016
Nico Hulkenberg at the 2015 Race of Champions
Nico Hulkenberg at the 2015 Belgium Grand Prix
Nico Hulkenberg at the 2015 British Grand Prix
Nico Hulkenberg during Winter Testing 2015
Nico Hulkenberg at the 2014 German Grand Prix
Nico Hulkenberg at the 2014 British Grand Prix
Nico Hülkenberg at the 2013 Young Driver Tests
Nico Hülkenberg at the 2013 British Grand Prix
Nico Hülkenberg at the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix
Winter Testing 2013
2012 British Grand Prix