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Nico Hulkenberg, Haas F1 Team
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The Verstappen inspiration behind one of F1 2023’s other success stories

OPINION: Although he only has nine points to show for his efforts so far in the 2023 Formula 1 season, new Haas signing Nico Hulkenberg has made a successful return to life as a full-time racer in the championship. He reckons a change he considered even as he was losing his 2019 Renault drive has played a key part in that

On the final lap of the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Carlos Sainz made a do-or-die move to secure 10th place and what was then his best Formula 1 championship finishing position. The driver he sold a beautiful dummy on into a corner at the Yas Marina track that no longer exists? Nico Hulkenberg

“Missing out on a point in potentially his last Formula 1 race serves as a sad microcosm for Nico Hulkenberg’s career,” so stated the 12 December 2019 issue of Autosport magazine. “He did a good job in underwhelming machinery, but ended without the result his ability and effort deserved. 

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