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THIS WAS HULKEN­BERG’S MOST IM­PRES­SIVE F1 sea­son since 2013, whe nh eroi cdr ives for Sauber made him aco nten­der for a Fer­rari seat. Th ea mbi­tious but nascen tre nault works project rep­re­sents his fi­nal re­al­isti cs h otatt he big-tim e,a nd h eso far hasn ’td is­ap­pointed.

He was th eo nl ydr iver not to get out­qual­i­fied by a team-mate all sea­son –t hough Jolyon Palmer was on course un­til hi sre nault broke atspa–a n dhu lken­berg would have scored many more points but for poor re­li­a­bil­ity.

Th ere nault was not defini­tivel yt he fourth best on the grid, but there were oc­ca­sions when Hulken­berg too ki ttop laces i td id not be­long. He was out­stand­ing ats il­ver­stone, and was push­ing Bot­tas for a podiu min Sin­ga­pore be­fore it broke down.

Cru­cially, it was Hulken­berg’s feed­back that led Re­nault down the de­vel­op­ment path that trans­formed its for­tunes mid-sea­son, prov­ing he i sa leader as well as ex­traor­di­nar­ily fast.

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