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.