- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Emmerich am Rhein, Germany
The Hulk turned 28 last August and is one of a group of drivers approaching maturity and seniority as an F1 competitor. After winning at the classic Le Mans 24-Hour race last year, he is also showing signs of settling down as he goes into his third consecutive season with Force India, the first time he has stayed in one team for so long.
His win at Le Mans made him the first F1 driver to triumph in the French race for 24 years and gave him a new sense of impetus after a career full of promise, so far, that has yet to deliver on high expectations. He was a champion in three of his junior category seasons.
He was linked last season with a move to a bigger team, with much speculation suggesting he could be on his way to Ferrari, but in the end is back with Force India where he still has something to prove.
A fluent speaker of English, thanks to his spell as an apprentice on the factory floor at Williams, the likeable Nico grabbed a sensational pole position at the Brazilian Grand Prix in his debut season, but was soon on the move and he has yet to register his first podium as he closes in on his 100th Grand Prix outing.