Germany's talented single-seater "star of tomorrow" Nico Hulkenberg, who won the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in the 2006/2007 season with Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany, has signed a contract as official test driver with the AT&T Williams...
Germany's talented single-seater "star of tomorrow" Nico Hulkenberg, who won the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in the 2006/2007 season with Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany, has signed a contract as official test driver with the AT&T Williams Formula 1 team. The young talent from Emmerich will undertake testing duties for the traditional team in 2008.
Hulkenberg secured his position in the British team alongside regular race drivers Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima after reeling off an impressive 425 kilometres during a two-day test at Jerez at the start of December.
"During the two-day test at Jerez I realised a dream which I've had since my first kart race in 1997," says the 20-year old. "Even my greatest expectations were exceeded as I made my first exploratory laps with the Williams FW29 around the circuit. Christmas came early for me after I was able to demonstrate my abilities and secure the seat as official test driver at the tests."
Willi Weber explained: "It's fantastic that with Nico yet another A1 Team Germany driver has stepped up to Formula 1. With his record of nine wins Nico stamped his authority impressively on the championship when he drove for us. I'm convinced that he will also demonstrate his abilities within his new role and have the opportunity to prove himself in other disciplines. A1 Team Germany has established itself as an excellent platform for young, talented drivers during its first three years."
With the signing of Hulkenberg in 2006, A1 Team Germany showed once again that it is an important stepping stone in the career of a young driver. The drivers contesting the inaugural season in 2005/2006 made noteworthy progress: Timo Scheider subsequently established himself as Audi factory driver in the DTM and took the cockpit of a new generation car in the core of the factory squad, while Adrian Sutil became Japanese Formula 3 Champion before securing a Formula 1 seat at Spyker. More recently Christian Vietoris, A1 Team Germany nominated driver from the 2007/2008 season, got his first taste of Formula 1 at Valencia during a test with the BMW Sauber F1 Team.