F1 »

Hulkenberg tipped for Ferrari seat 'in three years'.

GP2 champion Nico Hulkenberg is already being tipped to race for Ferrari within a few years of making his F1 debut.

Reigning GP2 Series champion Nico Hulkenberg has yet to turn a wheel in anger in Formula One, but his manager is already predicting that he will be driving for one of the sport's powerhouses within three years.

Willi Weber, who guided the career of one Michael Schumacher to unequalled heights after joining Ferrari, has claimed that his latest charge will follow in his countryman's footsteps, despite having yet to make his debut with Williams, with whom he signed a race deal to partner Rubens Barrichello in 2010.

The 22-year old impressed in his only season in GP2, winning the title at the first attempt after graduating from the F3 Euroseries with ART Grand Prix, and graduated from a test and development role with Williams to partner veteran Barrichello in an all-new line-up this year. He will make his race debut in Bahrain in March, but has revealed that Weber was already touting his abilities to Ferrari in the wake of Felipe Massa's Hungarian GP accident.

“In the end, I was able to focus on GP2 and win the title - and now I enter F1 with the appropriate preparation. It's probably good that it did not work out,” Hulkenberg said at the time, and Weber has all but confirmed the path he intends the youngster to follow in future seasons.

“Within three years, Ferrari will have Nico,” the 'kingmaker' was quoted as telling Finland's Turun Sanomat.

Hulkenberg is due to make his public debut as a Williams race driver at Valencia next week, but has already had a chance to sample the latest product from the Grove concern, completing a shakedown run at Silverstone yesterday [Thursday].

Team spokeswoman Claire Williams revealed on her Twitter page that the Cosworth-powered FW32 was fired up at 3am before being taken to Silverstone for a film shoot with Hulkenberg at the wheel, admitting that she hopes that the car - which succeeds last year's promising FW31 - is 'as fast as it is pretty'.


Tagged as: Ferrari , Williams , Willi Weber , fw32

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Nico Hulkenberg - ART Grand Prix   [pic credit: GP2 Series]
Maurizio Arrivabene and Sergio Marchionne at Ferrari`s annual Christmas media briefing
Maurizio Arrivabene and Sergio Marchionne at Ferrari`s annual Christmas media briefing
Sergio Marchionne at Ferrari`s annual Christmas media briefing
Maurizio Arrivabene at Ferrari`s annual Christmas media briefing
Maurizio Arrivabene and Sergio Marchionne face the press at Ferrari`s annual Christmas media briefing
Esteban Gutierrez joins Ferrari as test and reserve driver
Sebastian Vettel in the F2012 during a day testing at Fiorano
Raffaele Marciello (ITA) Ferrari F14-T Test Driver.
26.11.2014.
Felipe Nasr (BRA) Williams Test and Reserve Driver.
26.11.2014.
Raffaele Marciello (ITA) Ferrari F14-T Test Driver.
26.11.2014.
Raffaele Marciello (ITA) Ferrari F14-T Test Driver.
26.11.2014.
Raffaele Marciello (ITA) Ferrari F14-T Test Driver.
26.11.2014.
Raffaele Marciello (ITA) Ferrari F14-T Test Driver.
26.11.2014.
Raffaele Marciello (ITA) Ferrari Academy Driver 
26.11.2014.
Raffaele Marciello (ITA) Ferrari Academy Driver 
26.11.2014.
Raffaele Marciello (ITA) Ferrari Academy Driver 
26.11.2014.
Raffaele Marciello (ITA) Ferrari Academy Driver 
26.11.2014.

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.