A1 Team Germany are celebrating having secured the second A1 Grand Prix 'World Cup of Motorsport' title after Nico Hulkenberg's two podiums in China proved more than enough to take the championship away from France.

Although victory was always expected to be something of an inevitability given the team's dominance over the course of the season, Hulkenberg may not have quite been able to complete it in style by adding to his eight victories, but two third places nonetheless gives Germany an unassailable lead.

Capping off a superb weekend for the Super Nova team that runs Germany and New Zealand's efforts after they claimed a GP2 Series victory yesterday, Hulkenberg admits he was merely relieved to have finally made the title his

"I'm relieved that we have won the title," he said. "A big thank you to the entire David Sears team! We arrived in China with a 27 point lead, but it wasn't as easy as it looked. In the meantime, I have both the Formula 3 and A1 GP programmes swirling around in head, which doesn't make things easier. I hope that we will be at the front again during the finale at Brands Hatch."

Team boss Willi Weber is also thrilled to have completed the title with a round left to run, Hulkenberg's manager insisting the tactic of merely finishing in the points was the right one in the circumstances. With that in mind, he claims his prot?g? could have fought for victory.

"Congratulations and a huge thank you to the team for winning the World Cup title! I"m absolutely delighted that we achieved our target for the season ahead of schedule. We can travel without pressure and completely relaxed to the finale at Brands Hatch, where tens of thousands of spectators are expected and who will hopefully see the title-winning team in top form again.

"It was the correct strategy today to drive tactically and secure the points for a brace of third places. It was clearly visible that the car's set-up here in China was not absolutely perfect. In the previous races Nico demonstrated that he can regularly fight for victory. He can achieve better results that the one we recorded today. I'll be at Brands Hatch in a fortnight and perhaps we can round off the season on a high."



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