The Force India F1 racer and 2015 Le Mans winner has plenty to say about sportscars and soaps and not ‘doing’ karaoke – or mullets
Seldom has an episode of this venerable F1 Racing regular feature come so close to disaster. Shanghai International Circuit has been buffeted by high winds all afternoon and now, as Nico Hülkenberg poses for our photographer behind Force India’s paddock cabin, a stray gust tears a handful of question cards from his grasp. At any other venue this wouldn’t be a problem, but here we’re on stilts above a murky swamp.
Nico joins the breathless scramble to save your questions from their appointment with Hermann Tilke’s water feature. “Let’s go inside,” he says. “It’s way too cold out here.”
With the precious cargo secured, we concur and head indoors, barring the door against the raging tempest without, and begin…
Who has been your favourite team-mate to race against? Chris Lunnon, UK Rubens Barrichello in my rst year at Williams. It was a challenge to race him in his 19th year and my rst year. It was a big thrill when I beat him. That was a big achievement for me. He was a fun guy and I learned a lot from him. F1R: But not to do that silly stumble thing on the way to the podium… NH: Heh heh. No.
Which cars are more technically advanced. F1 or LMP1, and which are more fun to drive? Chris Bancroft, UK Both are so advanced that there’s not much between them. There are some differences in technology, but otherwise it’s all state-of-the-art. They are both right at the top. More fun to drive? How do I describe it… it’s like, not from a tness point of view… it’s like comparing a high heel with a sneaker. Sometimes you wear that and sometimes you like that. It’s just different. Fourwheel drive [the Porsche 919’s hybrid system drives the front wheels] against rear-wheel drive. They’re hard to compare, but I like my F1 stuff.
Do you prefer F1’s open cockpit or LMP1’s closed cockpit. And what about the halo? Michael Andrew Rosales, Philippines I think I’ve made my halo opinion very clear now. [He has said, on record: “I don’t like how it