A SEASON IN REVIEW VI - NICO HULKENBERG
A new challenge for the Hulk but how would he fair at Renault?
Best Moments of the Season
His 6th place in Abu Dhabi to give Renault 6th in the Constructors' Championship has to be up there, although other strong performances from the Hulk came at Silverstone and Spa.
Worst Moments of the Season
All those running a Renault engine were subject to crippling unreliability and Hulkenberg was no exception. 6 retirements throughout the year hurt his points tally, none more so than a DNF in Singapore when it looked as if he was on course for a lot of valuable points.
Target for Next Year
Renault should continue their rise up the midfield, if that's the case then Hulkenberg could be looking at 60-90 points next year, with a bit of luck he might even find that podium that's eluded him.
A solid year for Hulkenberg who helped Renault advance their position in the Constructors' Table. Having Palmer as a teammate for the majority of the season means it's difficult to assess how good Hulkenberg's performances truly were, but if Palmer was up to standard, Renault would've definitely finished 5th.
2017 allowed Hulkenberg to try something different at a new team and he confirmed himself as someone who is a solid, dependable midfield driver. The one complaint that most have had towards him is his inability to find that extra bit of speed to turn a great race into an excellent race. Perhaps Renault will give him the car in 2018 to prove that isn't the case and give him the chance to get a podium. Hulkenberg vs Sainz in 2018 promises to be a great battle and I for one can't wait to see who'll end up the winner.