Nico Hulkenberg's tagline might as well be 'the driver with the most Formula 1 starts without a podium finish', so often is that statistic referenced.
Frequently, it's used against him, with his 170 races without cracking the top three proof of his inadequacies as a driver. No wonder Renault dropped him, right?
But it's not as simple as that. Hulkenberg's lack of podium finishes cannot be shrugged off out of hand given he has missed several opportunities through his own mistakes. But such chances have been rare, and he's never been in a car that has been more than an outsider for the top three except in unusual circumstances. His F1 career represents a far wider body of work, much of it very effective.