At Jerez on December 4 2007, Nico Hulkenberg had his first test in a Formula 1 car with Williams.
His two days of running in the Toyota-engined machine were enough to convince Williams to sign him as a junior driver, laying the foundations for his rise to grand prix racing.
Hulkenberg's engineer that day was Tom McCullough, who continued to work with the German throughout his testing duties with Williams. When Hulkenberg was promoted to a race seat for 2010, it was McCullough who saw him through his rookie season.
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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.