Like team-mate Sergio Perez this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix will be Nico Hulkenberg’s 100th GP race weekend. Here’s a look at the numbers that make up his magic formula.
2016 is Nico Hulkenberg’s 6 season as a race driver in Formula One. He has also spent two years as a test driver – in 2009 for Williams prior to making his race debut and 2011 for Force India after a year of racing. He came into Formula One as the reigning GP2 champion.
Hulkenberg has driven competitively for three teams in Formula One. He made his debut with Williams in 2010 before moving to Force India to become their test driver in 2011. He was promoted to a race seat for the team in 2012 but moved to Sauber for 2013. Hulkenberg returned to Force India in 2014 and has driven for them since.
1 pole position
The German driver’s sole pole position came at the 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix in changeable conditions. He went on to finish the race in 8th place.
2 fastest laps
As well as the one pole position, Hulkenberg’s key statistics show two fastest laps. The first was at the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix for Force India and the second was at this year’s Chinese Grand Prix.
63% points finish
Hulkenberg has had 84 classified finishes from his 97 race starts. 53 of these have been in the points giving him a 63% points finishing record.
12 consecutive points finishes
His longest streak of points finishes has been 12 – starting at the 2013 US GP and ending at the 2014 German GP, his home race. His highest finish in that time was 5th three times.
Hulkenberg’s highest finish in a race has been fourth place where he has finished twice. He finished fourth at the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix and the 2013 Korean Grand Prix. His first podium in Formula One has still eluded him.
His best finishing position in the world championship was 9th in 2014. He currently lies 11th in the 2016 season.
So 6 seasons + 3 teams + 1 pole position + 2 fastest laps + 63% points finishes +12 consecutive points finishes +4th place + 9th place = 100 GP.