Nico Hülkenberg hopes for a positive surprise


The new generation of GP vehicles should make overtaking easier. The drivers will only be able to tell whether this is really happening when they accelerate in the new cars. Nico Hülkenberg is skeptical.

As a high-class reservist from Aston Martin, Nico Hülkenberg was able to get to know the new generation of Formula 1 vehicles that will be used this year, at least in the simulator. And the German, who was on the GP grid himself until 2019 and who took over the steering wheel in 2020 to replace Racing Point (now Aston Martin), shares his impression of the new racers in his “Linkedin” column with the public.

“After what is probably the most spectacular and exciting Formula 1 season in a long time, a major car revolution awaits us in the premier class of motorsport this year,” the 34-year-old said. “The goal: The show should be improved, even more intense duels should be possible and the whole field should be brought closer together. And: The ability and talent of the drivers should gain more weight again. “

That is why a set of rules has been created so that the air turbulence behind the cars is no longer so strong. Because these make close chases and thus overtaking more difficult. Hülkenberg explains: “In theory, vehicles driving behind will be able to follow much better in the bends in order to have better opportunities to overtake on the subsequent straights.”

And the 179-time GP participant and Le Mans winner in 2015 describes: “One thing that stands out right away: The cars look more futuristic and in future will have 18-inch rims instead of 13-inch rims. Incidentally, these larger tires make no difference to the driver’s view. Otherwise, the new model differs from the previous year’s car from front to back. “

“There will be big changes for the teams, especially under the hood. Listing each one here in detail would end up in a book, so we’d rather focus on the implications. They should be a little slower and more difficult to drive, “says Hülkenberg, who also puts it into perspective:” You will only see after a few races whether the changes actually result in more overtaking maneuvers – I’m skeptical about that, but I hope to be pleasantly surprised will.”

“After my first experiences, the new cars are damn fast and not necessarily slower than the last generation,” reveals the Emmerich. “The driving experience hasn’t changed that much, at least in the simulator. So it will be very exciting to see whether these cars can really follow the vehicle in front that well, especially in the fast corners, and whether we can expect even more action than last year. “

«Above all, the cornering speeds are still extremely high in the simulator and so, in my opinion, there is still a risk of turbulent air being created. Such a simulator is of course always a lot of theory – during the tests, drivers and teams will find out how the cars behave in reality, ”adds Hülkenberg.

Planned Formula 1 World Cup in 2022

23-25 February: Test drives Barcelona, ​​Spain
11-13 March: Test drives Sakhir, Bahrain
March 20: Sakhir, Bahrain
March 27: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
April 10: Melbourne, Australia
April 24th: Imola, Italy
May 8: Miami, USA
May 22nd: Barcelona, ​​Spain
May 29: Monte Carlo, Monaco
June 12: Baku, Azerbaijan
June 19: Montreal, Canada
July 3: Silverstone, Great Britain
July 10: Spielberg, Austria
July 24th: Le Castellet, France
July 31: Budapest, Hungary
August 28th: ​​Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
September 4th: Zandvoort, Netherlands
September 11th: Monza, Italy
September 25: Sochi, Russia
October 2: Singapore
October 9: Suzuka, Japan
October 23: Austin, USA
October 30: Mexico City, Mexico
November 13: São Paulo, Brazil
November 20: Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi

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