- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Emmerich am Rhein, Germany
After another year without a podium finish, despite playing a major part in Force India’s finest season, Nico chose to switch and join Renault this year. It will be his first season with a works team in Formula One.
For his many admirers, it has always seemed that ‘The Hulk’ was destined to be a champion as he was in three series in his earlier career, but it has never quite worked out that way.
He turned 29 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 in 2015, he was regarded by many as ready to start claiming big results.
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 linked in 2015 with a move to a bigger team, with much speculation suggesting he could be on his way to Ferrari, but in the end returned to Force India. His move to Renault suggests he feels 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.