Hulkenberg's glimmer of hope
For the first time since the 1983 Brazilian Grand Prix, a Williams-Cosworth will start from pole position. Nico Hulkenberg's sensational qualifying performance on slicks on a drying track has given the team a scene-stealing turn in the world championship denouement. The chances of the young German being there after 71 laps of Interlagos on Sunday afternoon are very tiny, but with four title contenders behind him and the potential for sixth-placed Rubens Barrichello to get in the mix, the ingredients are there to cause an upset.
It's a long-shot, but if Hulkenberg can hold the lead off the line in a traditionally slow-off-the-grid car and if the title contenders behind him are too busy worrying about each other, or driving into each other, to worry about him and if he drives a race as impressive as his qualifying performance, there's a glimmer of hope that Williams's 107-race win drought can come to an end. Stranger things have happened in F1, although they usually don't and a top five finish is a more realistic aim.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.