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- Emmerich am Rhein, Germany
Nine years after his Formula 1® debut a question mark remains over Nico Hülkenberg’s place on the grid.
Some rank the 31-year-old German as one of Formula 1®’s most underrated drivers, a star in the making. Others don’t. We are about to find out who is right.
In short, if Renault thought that Hülkenberg was a potential race winner, they would not have hired Daniel Ricciardo. Nearly 160 Grands Prix into his Formula 1® career, Hülkenberg will need to make a step forward to keep up with the West Australian.
He could do it. He matched his teammate Carlos Sainz last year, taking seventh in the Drivers’ Championship. He is technically astute and everyone at Renault knows how hard he works.
When Lewis Hamilton arrived at Mercedes-Benz in 2013 many expected that Nico Rosberg would be overwhelmed. History shows that he wasn’t, and now another Nico has the same opportunity to step up and become one of F1®'s best.