Why Hulkenberg will come good

Why Hulkenberg will come good

GP2 champion Nico Hulkenberg has endured a rather difficult start to his F1 career, but Edd Straw explains why the German will eventually become a star

There's no question that Nico Hulkenberg graduated to Formula 1 this season with the best credentials of anyone since Lewis Hamilton. If anything, his stellar junior career, which included title glory in Formula BMW Germany, A1 GP, F3 Euro Series and GP2 fractionally eclipsed Hamilton in terms of achievement.

So why has this year's rookie of the year in waiting had to play second fiddle to Renault's Vitaly Petrov, the man he comfortably beat to the GP2 crown, in the battle of the newcomers so far this year? The answer is straightforward – so far, while the Renault R30 has exceed expectations, the Williams FW32 has proved, by the team's own admission, to be something of a disappointment and the Grove squad's new Nico has struggled to get the best out of a tricky machine.

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