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Can Hulkenberg live up to the hype?

January 19, 2010

Experience vs youth, the conventional formula could prove to be a rewarding one

Of all the teams looked at so far, Williams is the least likely to end up with their drivers squabbling.

Barrichello has had the best of his F1 days and he knows it while Hulkenberg has had limited testing andhe will stand to gain much if he learns from Rubens vast experience.

Many line ups tend to go for a mixture of hopeful youth with plenty of promise with experience and a wise head, Williams perhaps have been the most extreme example of this conservative tactic.

Barrichello has amassed an incredible 288 starts and is the fourth highest point scorer in the history of F1. He’s been singled out as being very good at setting up a car by many in F1 and this will surely help Williams who have made steady progress forward in recent years.

Barrichello may not be a spring chicken but he proved in 2009 that he could still be a serious challenge to his younger counter parts.  His emotions can get the better of him (remember the ‘blah blah blah’ rant) which can cost him on track if his head isn’t in the right place as he can self destruct somewhat but it at least he has that fire in the belly and he will give this everything. Williams need a driver like that and this is likely to be Rubens last stop in F1 so there isn’t really any pressure on his shoulders.

Hulkenberg is a rated talent and if he lives up to his promise he could be a future WDC. However, success in GP2 and winning that title doesn’t guarantee pace in F1, look at Piquet who pushed Hamilton for the championship but then struggled once he was promoted to F1.

Hulkenberg also has to deal with the lack of testing. The rules have been relaxed slightly but it still won’t be enough to get him straight on the race pace.

2010 should see Hulkenberg learning the ropes and trying to stay out of trouble. There are too many factors against Nico to really imagine him beating Rubens, he just needs a few solid performances at the least to show he can cope and that should be at least possible for the German. Williams seem to have a lot of expectation for him in the future so he can be reassured by the fact he has such positive support already. Fans of ‘the Hulk’ should be patient as he’s only in a slightly better position than Jaime and Romain were last year but expect him to begin to come into his own by the end of the year and show more promise but it will be exceptionally hard to deliver the results instantly.

Williams have been taken careful steps forward for the past two season, they have been getting stronger with their chassis and seemed to cope with the new aero rules well but the switch back to Cosworth could set them back. Cosworth should have the power but reliability is a whole other question even Head has admitted he expects it to be an issue at some point.

They should still be midfielders but it may take a while to get used to Cosworth but I think for the team this line-up is better than the last one as these two should both be scoring points rather than just the one driver carrying the team.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 19, 2010 9:39 pm

    I think Williams have a very strong lineup for 2010. They have the young and the experience. I think Barrichello is a massive asset to the team. A massive asset to Hulkenberg as a driver, he can learn from the wise guy. I think, coupled with the cosworth power, Williams may well prove to be successful this year. Probably not a consistent podium finisher, but, they’ll get there…

  2. Ratboy permalink
    January 19, 2010 11:06 pm

    I hope they do well, Rubens was too nice to be a champ.
    While the limitless nicknames for Nico makes me want him to have a long career.

    Plus its Williams and I have a soft spot for them.

  3. wasiF1 permalink
    January 20, 2010 2:44 pm

    Williams is the third most successful team in F1 the last time they won a race was in 2004,hope this time they produce some strong result.
    Cheers for Barrichello & hope Nico keep up the expectation.

  4. January 20, 2010 3:30 pm

    Well, If you count championships, they’re the second most successful team ;)
    6 years since JPM gave them a win. I’m not expecting a win but 5th in the drivers championship is what I hope they can get, at least.

  5. james permalink
    January 21, 2010 5:10 pm

    Hulkenberg is potentiality a great driver,dominated GP2 and A1GP,I think he is a future multiple World Champion and i think he will match barrichello who i think is now past his best.

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