The 29-year-old German professional racing driver tells that he’s happy to join Renault, alluding to the automaker’s F1 pedigree. “In his stint with Renault, Michael Schumacher not only helped make Germany an F1 nation.” That’s fine and all, but the change of team might not develop as Nico expects it to do.
After buying the now-defunct Lotus Renault GP for £1 (yup, one pound sterling), the Renault Sport F1 Team has failed to impress on the track. With four races left in the calendar, Renault ranks ninth in the Constructors’ Championship, with 8 points to its name. That’s third from last, mind you.
This performance spells trouble for Renault, which still has a long way to go with developing its hybrid power unit, aero, and chassis. All is not lost, though. Renault’s second season since it returned to Formula 1 as a manufacturer will see the series go through a couple of changes. Not only will the tires get a helluva lot fatter, but the aerodynamic gains will see the single-seaters finish a lap three to five seconds faster than they do these days.
“F1’s new regulations will change the game and give our team a good opportunity,” believes the German driver. With 344 career points to his name out of 111 starts but no wins or podiums, Hulkenberg still has a lot to prove in the king motorsport. Fingers crossed Lady Luck will smile upon him.