|Estimated value:||€15 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||Formula 1 driver|
Nicolas “Nico” Hülkenberg is a German racing driver who was last active for Renault in Formula 1. In 2010, the Emmericher, who lives in Monaco, made his debut in the “premier class” of racing. Although Hülkenberg drove for rather lower-class teams and was therefore unable to win a single race, he is valued for his skills and is therefore one of the best-known and most popular racing drivers in Germany. He is considered the driver in Formula 1 with the most race starts without even being on the podium. After the 2019 season, Hulkenberg did not receive a new contract in Formula 1.
Nico Hülkenberg was born on August 19, 1987 in Emmerich on the Dutch border. He gained his first experience in racing at the age of nine as a kart driver. Hülkenberg celebrated his first major success six years later by winning the German Junior Championship in 2002. A year later, at the age of 16, he also won the regular German Kart Championship. With his switch to the formula series, however, he was not yet considered a professional and completed an apprenticeship. Nico Hülkenberg’s manager was Willi Weber, who also managed the Schumacher brothers.
In 2005, Nico Hulkenberg took a seat in the German Formula BMW and won it after eight victories in his first season. In the subsequent world final he secured third place. He finished fifth in the German Formula 3 Cup in 2006 and won the A1GP series the following year. Hülkenberg made the headlines for the first time in 2007 with third place in the Formula 3 Euro Series. The following year he won the competition with seven victories and at the same time was active as a test driver for the Williams F1 racing team. Nico Hulkenberg then also won the title in the GP2 series and was thus firmly committed to Formula 1 by Williams.
In the 2010 season, Nico Hulkenberg acted as the second driver behind Rubens Barrichello. In the 18th race of the season, he ended up on pole for the first time after qualifying. Hülkenberg benefited from the changing weather conditions, but was unable to defend first place in the subsequent race and ended up eighth. Finally, Nico Hülkenberg ended the season in 14th place in the drivers’ standings and switched to the Force India racing team in 2011.
There he was initially, as at the beginning at Williams, active as a test and reserve driver. Finally, in 2012, he also established himself as a regular driver here. This year Nico Hülkenberg was able to break away from the top field several times, but also had to cope with a few failures. Nevertheless, he achieved eleventh place in the drivers’ standings, an increase compared to his time at Williams. After switching to Sauber again, he moved up another place and, with 51 points, collected 45 points more than his team-mate Esteban Gutiérrez. Hulkenberg then returned to Force India for two years, once again finishing mid-table in the post-season standings. From the 2017 season, Nico Hülkenberg finally started for the Renault Formula 1 team. Here, too, he was able to repeat his performances from previous years, but remained without a podium finish. After three years at Renault, Nico Hulkenberg retired from Formula 1 at the end of the 2019 season.
Nico Hulkenberg completed his first race in Formula 1 on March 14, 2010. He finally finished fourteenth at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Already in the third race of the season, Hulkenberg won his first point in the drivers’ standings. At the Grand Prix in Brazil in 2010, the racing driver also started from pole position for the first and only time so far. Nico Hülkenberg also celebrated successes outside of Formula 1. In 2015, he competed with teammates Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber for Porsche in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eventually achieving overall victory.
“On the long straight [in Shanghai] you have enough time to do your taxes and have an espresso at the same time.”
“There will never be equal opportunities in Formula 1. It’s a technical sport and not tennis.”
Nico Hülkenberg completed an apprenticeship as a forwarding agent before his professional racing career. His employer was his father, of all people, who owned the company.
Nico Hülkenberg scored his first point in his third race when he finished tenth. However, not a single win has added to his 500+ points in the World Championship.
Fluent in Dutch with no trace of an accent, Nico Hulkenberg has led many fans to rate his Dutch as better than that of Belgian-born Dutchman Max Verstappen.
In 2019, Nico Hülkenberg took part in the RTL show “Ninja Warrior”, in which a fitness course had to be completed. However, Hulkenberg failed and was eliminated in the first round.
|Estimated value:||€15 million|