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Throwback Thursday – Nico Hulkenberg in 2001

Throwback Thursday – Nico Hulkenberg in 2001

In this weeks #throwbackthursday we look at Formula 1 Driver and 24hr Le Mans Winner, Nico Hulkenberg. Nico began his international karting career in 2000 in ICA Junior. This photo, taken in July 2001 at St Amand, was the German’s first serious season as he emerged on to the international stage with the CRG squad.

The highlight of the German’s 2000 season was finishing 11th in the Green Helmet Trophy Cadets, a championship in which he became Vice-Champion in 2001 finishing four points behind Czech driver Erik Janis. However, Nico won the Italian Open Masters ICA Junior Championship beating Eduardo Mortara and Marco Mapelli to the title. Brits Martin Plowman, Sean Edwards and Bradley Ellis all finished lower down the order.

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2002 proved to be an even more successful year for the now 15 year old, as he won both the Italian Open Masters ICA Junior and German Kart Championships beating rivals Sebastian Buemi and Markus Beutler respectively.

Nico then done the double in 2003 with the German Championship as he comfortably beat Marcel Jeleniowski by 38 points, but was unable to make it three straight titles in 2004 as he finished 2nd to Helmut Sanden.

Nico Hulkenberg at the 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix

Nico Hulkenberg at the 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix

It was then onto cars for Hulkenberg and he had immediate success wining the Formula BMW ADAC series, beating Sebastian Buemi by 5 points. He added four more titles in F3, A1GP and GP2 before making it to Formula 1 in 2010 with Williams where he finished 14th in his first season racing alongside Rubens Barrichello.

 

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