I think the most I.portent thing to take from the last two seasons for Hulkenberg is that he's being beat by Sergio Perez. Now either Perez is as good as we all thought he was way back or Hulkenberg Isn't.
I can't help feeling if they were all using 2008-period Bridgestones that Nico would be a multiple race winner by now. Unfortunately his driving style is one of the most penalised by the current tyre specifications.
Great news for Hulkenberg moving to renault had to take the risk instead of stagnating & could end up top of a list "best drivers never to win f1 race" or "greatest unfulfilled talent" as hulkenburg shouldve been in a top team by 2013 or 2014. How guy of his talent never linked with top team baffles me as he was 1 of the greatest drivers in youth categories in recent years
Sometimes being a great talent is youth categories doesn't guarantee that a driver will succeed in F1. The opposite is also true.
I have a feeling that this move will be great for Nico in more ways that just being able to finally win a race. Renault has just come back to F1 after their hiatus and they can only get better. Last time they did it, they ended up winning back-to-back WCC and their first year back (2001) was very similar to what has happened this year, in one word forgettable. I'm under the impression that Renault is betting on Nico to be "the one" who bring Renault back to the top. Maybe not the one who at the end gets the glory and the championship though.
Unfortunately I don't see it happening anytime soon... Renault themselves have been saying getting back into anything like full competitiveness will be a multiple-year job. I fear Nico for the foreseeable future is merely trading an above-average midfield car for a poor car...
This was the move he needs after impressing at Sauber then initially at Force India he keeps getting overlooked by the big teams
Force India will not win a race because the closest they got was Fisichella Spa 2009 due to an odd ball season and Brazil 2012 when Hulkenberg crashed into Hamilton when a race victory was on in the wet/ dry race
They can be 4th best team but will be overtaken by Mclaren who are coming back and later on Renault.
Whenever Renault have been in Formula 1 it takes about 3 years to get it right - they did it in the turbo era and should have won in 1983 no doubt. They were on the pace with Williams by 1991 after coming back in 1989.
When they came back in 2001 they were woeful not similar to now with their radical 111 degree engine and then they started in 2003 they had a race winning car but by 2005-06 they were the leading team.
They've gotten rid of World Series in order to devote their resources to F1 and they aint just going to enter to be at the back especially as they feel the engine deserves more credit than it should have in delivering success for Red Bull
I think Sergio Perez will regret turning them down
All he needs is podium I think once he starts getting those he may well really excel
I am impressed that he has come in and asserted himself as the No 1 at Renault and really thrashed Palmer. I just hope he aint a Trulli where he is fast for one lap but does not seem able to sustain it for race pace. I hope this is down to the Renault not being good on it tyres and will find a way to this
Yes he may have less points than both Force India drivers - the team he left but he is showing his class when you consider Magnussen did not want to stay and Perez did not want to join both citing leadership issues . He has taken this opportunity to show himself
The only question remains what if Alonso is his teammate next season seems to be the paddock rumours?