Having wasted little time in establishing himself as a potential star for the future following two superb outings of the A1 Grand Prix at Zandvoort and Brno, Nico Hulkenberg goes to the third round of the championship in Beijing eager to consolidate his championship lead.

With A1 Team Germany opting to retain Hulkenberg instead of replace him with long-time favourite for the seat Michael Ammermuller, the 19-year-old goes to the street race around the Chinese capital anxious make it three rounds at the head of the standings.

However, by choosing Hulkenberg over Ammermuller, the youngster is now ineligible for compete in the 'rookie sessions' that helped him gain an advantage over his rivals over the first couple of rounds. Nonetheless, despite losing some crucial running, Hulkenberg is confident that he can learn quickly,

"Up until now the Norisring in Germany was the only street circuit on which I have driven", he said. "However, I know I get used to new circuits quickly, and Beijing is new territory for every A1 Grand Prix driver. The fact that I have now competed in more races, and am therefore unable to participate in Friday's 'Rookie' session for newcomers, means that we'll miss a little experience."

A1 Team Germany manager Wili Weber also has faith in his prot?g?, claiming he has the pace to keep him amongst the front runners in the championship.

"We arrive in China leading the championship be a single point. I also hope that we start the long journey home at the top of the table. Nico and DS Motorsport have shown that they can establish themselves permanently as leaders."



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