Hulkenberg. Wow.

Hulkenberg. Wow.

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C70R

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6,912 posts

62 months

Saturday 8th August
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Is this the sign of a guy who never reached his potential in F1 (I say this as someone who was at LM in 2015)?

Or is he showing up a lack of talent on the current grid?

Either way, third place is deeply impressive. Always had a soft spot for the guy.

ETA - Goddamnit. Typo in the title.

Nampahc Niloc

476 posts

36 months

Saturday 8th August
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It would be a real fairytale story if he could get on the podium tomorrow. I’m really routing for him. I’m almost scared to Get my hopes up.

REALIST123

14,015 posts

111 months

Saturday 8th August
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C70R said:
Is this the sign of a guy who never reached his potential in F1 (I say this as someone who was at LM in 2015)?

Or is he showing up a lack of talent on the current grid?

Either way, third place is deeply impressive. Always had a soft spot for the guy.

ETA - Goddamnit. Typo in the title.
Maybe he’s just showing up a lack of talent at FI?


Mr_Thyroid

1,889 posts

185 months

Saturday 8th August
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Yes he's done well to match Stroll's best starting position of the year. I agree he probably has more to give with the right car and was unlucky to lose his Renault drive after only being a tenth-or-so slower than Ricciardo.

Zarco

13,479 posts

167 months

Saturday 8th August
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So happy for Hulkenberg. Great story him getting a second chance like this.

ash73

19,260 posts

179 months

Saturday 8th August
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If Hulk can get in a decent car and put it straight in the top 3, after 6 months on the bench, they should seriously consider rotating the drivers around the teams during the season. It would really spice up the sport, imo.

Fingers crossed the two Mercs take each other out tomorrow and Hulk holds off Max for a win. Probably more chance of winning the lottery, but it would be fab.

wevster

499 posts

115 months

Saturday 8th August
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Nampahc Niloc said:
It would be a real fairytale story if he could get on the podium tomorrow. I’m really routing for him. I’m almost scared to Get my hopes up.
Yes me too

ghost83

4,040 posts

148 months

Sunday 9th August
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I seriously hope he has a good race, think he deserves it

WonkeyDonkey

1,023 posts

61 months

Sunday 9th August
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Would love to see him get a podium.

I think he's just showing how average force Indias drivers are. Perez is solid but unspectacular, Stroll is OK, just always thought he got thrust into F1 way too early as he wasn't a generational talent like Verstappen.

TheDeuce

7,268 posts

24 months

Sunday 9th August
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ghost83 said:
I seriously hope he has a good race, think he deserves it
Whatever the inner team politics - this is the most important thing for the sport. This guy is owed a 'good day'. He's clearly a talent. Not the best of the best, but good enough to deserve a competitive car and a shot. Fingers crossed he manages to shine tomorrow, with or without the podium.

rdjohn

4,391 posts

153 months

Sunday 9th August
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For Hulkenberg Wow, You can also interpret Stroll and Perez Hmmm.

None of them ever really look like canny race winners.

Perhaps why Seb has half a chance with TR.

TriumphStag3.0V8

1,045 posts

39 months

Sunday 9th August
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Would love to see him get a podium tomorrow. Go Hulk!

Zarco

13,479 posts

167 months

Sunday 9th August
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Think some of the comments are a bit unfair on Perez. What's to say he wouldn't have put it on the second row?

Poor sod has missed two races in the most competitive car he's ever had.

I do agree Hulkenberg has likely got more outright speed but he's also been the most unlucky driver in F1 as far as never getting a result. Some say you make your own luck of course....

thegreenhell

7,658 posts

177 months

Sunday 9th August
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Knowing his luck, if he gets the podium then the other teams will protest Racing Point again and he'll be disqualified and lose it again.

Leithen

6,582 posts

225 months

Sunday 9th August
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thegreenhell said:
Knowing his luck, if he gets the podium then the other teams will protest Racing Point again and he'll be disqualified and lose it again.
Sadly this.

thegreenhell

7,658 posts

177 months

Monday 10th August
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Interesting comments from Ross Brawn, that Hulk was their second choice for Mercedes if they'd failed to sign Hamilton.

https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/hulkenberg--mer...

Zarco

13,479 posts

167 months

Monday 10th August
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I saw a tweet from Chris Harris suggesting Hulkenbergs last pit stop 'smelled a bit whiffy'.

Point being it was to drop him behind Stroll rather than legitimate need I presume.

Anyone shed any light on this? Wouldn't surprise me but I'm obviously not privy to the state of his tires at that stage in the race.

Either he way he drove a good race. Reckon Ferrari should swap him for Seb.

thegreenhell

7,658 posts

177 months

Monday 10th August
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https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/hulkenberg-late...

article said:
Racing Point quickly said after the race that Hulkenberg had been struggling with a vibration on his tyres towards the end of the third stint, leaving it with no choice but to bring him in again.

Hulkenberg doubted his tyres would have made it to the end of the race due to the issue.

"We were kind of forced to pit off the prime set," Hulkenberg explained on Sky Sports F1 after the race.

"I think we got a couple of nice big blisters on both rear tyres. The vibration just gets so quickly out of hand that within two, three laps, it just skyrocketed.

"I don't think the tyre would have survived to the end. It was a pity. First half of the race was very under control, very managed.

"The second I got onto the second prime set, that just felt like a different set of tyres, a different compound, and it just didn't work in the end."

johnoz

720 posts

150 months

Monday 10th August
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I thought the same, he also was the only runner to run the red marked tyre in the race scratchchin

ash73

19,260 posts

179 months

Monday 10th August
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He might have needed to stop, but putting him on softs made no sense.