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Weber: Nationality against Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg losing out because of his nationality according to Willi Weber
Nico Hulkenberg's manager Willi Weber has said that the number of German drivers in F1 has made it more difficult for the former Williams driver to secure a role on the F1 grid.

No fewer than five German drivers will line up on the grid this year in the shape of Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Adrian Sutil and Timo Glock – although that number is two down on 2010 after both Hulkenberg and Nick Heidfeld found themselves without drives.

Despite that, Weber said that the number of German drivers was making it more difficult for Hulkenberg to move forwards with his career despite his new deal as test and reserve driver for Force India this year.

"Nico has all the right qualities but he had to share the stage with many other Germans," he told Motorsport Aktuell. "It's like a cake; if you have to share it with seven others, the piece you have is small."

Hulkenberg himself insists his aim remains to earn a return to the F1 grid on the back of his role this year with the German hopeful of one day fighting for the championship.

“I am still in Formula One, even if it is hard to accept not being on the grid any more,” he told the official F1 website. “I will have the chance to run on Fridays and will do everything possible to put in impressive performances to recommend myself for a permanent seat in 2012.

“Hopefully a long and successful career in Formula One - for the next season with Force India, but then everything is open. My goal is definitely to fight for wins and the championship one day.”




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50 Cent - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 3:24 PM

Calvin - you could make an argument that before Hulk arrived in F1 there was nobody like him. He has won everything in his first attempt on the way up: german jr. carting, following year german kart championship, then, the following year, he enters formula BMW and wins it, the same could be said about A1 Grand Prix, and then GP2 where he took pole on his first attempt. In F1 he was unfortunate in my opinion because of the testing ban. This is the difference between him and lala as well as Vettel. Also, since there are 5 other germans the sponsorship money is chasing more famous germans "if you will" but his time will come, although that won't be with Force India.

Williams4Ever - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 2:33 PM

I agree with DontTalkS, Its time Hulkenberg and Wily Weber Shut up and move on. Everytime they give interview playing nationality and money-talk card they appear to be giving lame excuses for their inadequacies. I have been following Hulk since his A1GP debut and sincerely believe he has a place in F1 and can shine in F1. But his F1 Debut was not exactly sensational. If team like McLaren or Mercedes really thought he has something in him they could have and would have offered him contract and promoted him ahead of PDR to race seat with midpack teams Sauber/FIF1. Remember McLaren chose to promote untested Lewis to F1 race seat ahead of Gary Paffett who had loyally committed his career to McLaren and was doing brilliant job as a tester and performing well in Non-F1 series for that. But since the team so more potential in Lewis he was promoted. If Hulk really had that thing, the front running teams would have definitely locked in his services. Wily Weber should basically shut up complet



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