F1 » Weber: Nationality hurting Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg losing out because of his nationality according to Willi Weber

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Calvin _

February 09, 2011 12:09 PM

I think NH's real problem, and one he should address given that he has more downtime now, is sponsorship. You can be the greatest driver, but without sponsorship, you won't get a look in where it counts, which at his stage of his career, is getting his foot into the door.

Ken - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 12:54 PM

I agree. I think this is the case with all young drivers. I wish Schumacher would give it up for good and allow young talent, and I don't really mean Hulkenberg, to come through.

Alan D - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 1:04 PM

I think Hulkenberg's biggest problem was that he ended up with Williams. There are not many teams that would so ruthlessly cut a good driver in favour of money, and Williams has a history of not hanging onto good drivers anyway, which suggests to me that they think the car is the star.

You might be right that he needs to find sponsorship to buy his way back in, but that's not universally true. Schumacher, Hamilton, Alonso, Vettel, they all got their various breakthrough drives because of talent, not sponsor. The sponsors came chasing later, and always will. The problem is that as a pay driver, he doesn't have anything special to offer, just another German driver. Most of the pay drivers are being chosen because of their nationality.

Alan D - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 1:14 PM

Ken: "I wish Schumacher would give it up for good and allow young talent"

If the people who hire him think he is a better driver than the "young talent", why should he retire? F1 is pretty ruthless. If the young talent is as talented as you think it is then they'd have no qualms about throwing him on the scrap heap.

Why do you single out Schumacher for such criticism. Rubens is chasing 40 and couldn't keep up with that youngster Button. Trulli is 36 or 37 and has made a career of plodding around doing not much. Webber is 35 and couldn't even win the WDC last year so why aren't you calling for him to get out of the way old man?

Wouldn't it make more sense to tell the pay drivers to get out of the way and stop taking up seats that belong to talented drivers, whatever age they are?

cas - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 1:33 PM

I dont think its the age or nationality of the current drivers thats making it hard for new talent to come through.

Regardless of nationality, if they come in to f1 and dont have the immediate impact of Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso etc theyre going to struggle to hold onto their drive.

Sadly its now to get a chance behind the wheel its more the case of the sponsership money each new driver brings to a team over their talent behind the wheel that is the deciding factor, and this isnt a new thing a decade or more ago Pedro Diniz had the same lack of talent but had a bucket full of money that kept him in the car, im sure we all could name more pay drivers but the sad truth remains the same, without flashing the cash Id bet more than 50% of the current drivers wouldnt be in the car...inc schumacher after his performance last year if he'd have been anyone else there would be serious doubt over him turning up at the first race being anything more than a reserve or 3rd driver

Taz - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 1:38 PM

He's a victim of circumstances as much as anything, teams need sponsorship more than ever....look at the principal sponsor Williams have taken on....Hugo Chaves :rolleyes:


February 09, 2011 1:39 PM

Willi Weber is delusional and it appears Hulkenberg is heading the same way. It has zip, zero, zilch to do with nationality. It all comes down to talent and money. Preferably both, however copius amounts of either will get you a seat!

Jonov - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 1:39 PM

Have to agree with Alan D. All these old guys are stuffing the careers of younger drivers. Barrichello and Trulli should retire, Schumacher should have stayed retired. And another thing, driving for Williams seems to be a great way to put your career in neutral.

Alan D - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 2:05 PM

DTS: "It has zip, zero, zilch to do with nationality. It all comes down to talent and money"

But the money is following the nationality. Petrov has some minor Russian sponsors. Do you think those sponsors would be putting the money into F1 if he wasn't Russian? Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado for Williams, gets his seat because of the sponsorship money it brings from the National Venezuelan Oil Company. A couple of years back, Karthikeyan driving for HRT, backed by Indian company Tata sponsorship.

If it was all about talent, not nationality, then these are some pretty amazing coincidences.

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