Nico Hulkenberg Secures GP2 Title at Monza
Following his 6th and 3rd place finishes at Monza over the weekend, Hulkenberg secured enough of a point margin ahead of title rival Vitaly Petrov in order to already proclaim himself champion of F1's feeder series.
Intensively linked with a Formula One seat next season – most likely with Williams F1, replacing either soon-to-be-departed Nico Rosberg or Kazuki Nakajima – Hulkenberg won the GP2 Series at his very debut in the championship, therefore repeating the majestic performances of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
“The only thing that matters and that means anything is that we are the champion, and all the other stories are not important to me. It does mean something, but the most important thing is that we are champion, we have done that with a P3 and a podium today, and that's very nice,” said Hulkenberg, who recorded the fastest run at the GP2 title in the history of the championship.
The German driver insisted his title has been a team effort all the way, as the season didn't start as planned for ART Grand Prix.
“The team is very important: without a good team the driver is nothing, and they are nothing without a good driver. I need them and they need me, and I'm very happy to be with them: in the start we didn't start off so strong, even though I was P3 straight away in Barcelona, P3 in Monaco and pole in Turkey, but straight away the race wasn't our strongest side but we improved that quite a lot, kept our heads down, and focused on the important bits,” concluded Hulkenberg.