10th - Nico Hulkenberg Average poll score out of ten: 5.7 Team: Sahara Force India Car: Force India VJM07 Mercedes Wins: 0 Podiums: 0 Poles: 0 Fastest Laps: 0 Best Finish 5th Championship points: 96 Championship position: 9th out of 23

While his final ranking this season is much lower than in 2013, Nico Hulkenberg made the right decision to leave Sauber at the end of last year and enjoyed an impressive start to the current campaign.

Tipped for a switch to Lotus, Hulkenberg settled for a return to Force India with all the top seats taken and Pastor Maldonado getting the nod to replace Kimi Raikkonen at Enstone. Fortunately for Hulkenberg he left a team that failed to score this season and avoided joining one that managed just 10 points in total.

Force India had a quick car from the outset, and Hulkenberg exploited it to finish fifth on four occasions and sixth twice in the opening seven races of the season. While his consistency was impressive - it wasn't until the 11th round in Hungary that Hulkenberg failed to score - it was team-mate Sergio Perez who took the headline result with third place in Bahrain.

Hulkenberg's wait for a first podium goes on as Force India failed to match the development rate of its rivals as the season went on and just 27 of his 96 points came in the second half of the season, boosted by the double points on offer in Abu Dhabi. A top three result will be the target in 2015, but Hulkenberg will be hoping a seat at one of the big teams is still a possibility for him to fulfil his potential.

Nico Hulkenberg in the Crash.net F1 Driver of the Year Top 10 F1 Driver of the Year 2013: 4th Top 10 F1 Driver of the Year 2012: 6th Top 10 F1 Driver of the Year 2011: N/A Top 10 F1 Driver of the Year 2010: 9th Top 10 F1 Driver of the Year 2009: N/A

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