Former Cup driver the new F3 Euro Series Champion Hulkenberg won in Hockenheim 2006 Former ATS Formula 3 Cup driver Nico Hulkenberg has succeeded in securing the 2008 Formula 3 Euro Series Championship title early. Prior to the season finale at...
Former Cup driver the new F3 Euro Series Champion Hulkenberg won in Hockenheim 2006
Former ATS Formula 3 Cup driver Nico Hulkenberg has succeeded in securing the 2008 Formula 3 Euro Series Championship title early. Prior to the season finale at Hockenheim, the 21-year old German's lead is that big that none of his rivals has a chance of closing in on him. In 2006, Hulkenberg contested the ATS Formula 3 Cup and secured one race win, six podiums, two pole positions and three fastest race laps to finish fifth in the championship.
Hulkenberg: The season didn't run perfect but it was a good year for me, nevertheless. Following the hype in 2005 when I had won the Formula BMW title, my spirits were dampened, in the ATS Formula 3 Cup. But who knows...? Maybe this wasn't too bad for me. It improved and learned a lot, there, despite also making mistakes. Altogether, my ATS Formula 3 Cup season has been crucial for my development.
You have won your Formula 3 Euro Series title in a rather extraordinary way.
Hulkenberg: Yes indeed. Quite obviously, this wasn't exactly the way I had imagined. But then - what can you do? I stalled my engine at the start and had no chances of securing a good result, afterwards. But as Edoardo Mortara, my opponent in the title race, also failed to score points I won the title, nevertheless.
Winning the title was virtually expected from you, wasn't it?
Hulkenberg: Virtually?! It was expected - even by me. And we succeeded in coping with the pressure throughout the season. Our pace always was good enough to battle it out at the front end of the field, we always were among the quickest.
In 2007 you finished third, in 2008 you clinched the title. What will happen in 2009?
Hulkenberg: Winning the GP2 title would be perfect. Doing so would be just fantastic. In any case, it looks as if I will be contesting the GP2 Series, in 2009. But I never have been sitting at the wheel of a GP2 car, to date. We will soon have our first test, at Hockenheim. Afterwards, I will be able to assess things slightly better.