If you’re a young driver with obvious talent, and you are looking to secure yourself a drive for next season, what better way to put yourself firmly in the shop window than having an absolutely epic drive in Korea?
That is exactly what young Nico Hülkenberg did, bringing his Sauber home a highly respectable 4th only behind runaway championship leader Sebastian Vettel and the two very pacey Lotus chaps.
Whilst he had a relatively quiet first half of the race, two safety cars and one fire truck in quick succession closed the pack together and meant that the Hulk spent the second half of the race making his car as wide as humanly possible, holding off from the pressure of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.
Even when the Brit did get past, the Sauber’s traction and straight-line speed allowed for an easy retake of the position. A large improvement indeed on a car that was struggling to get out of Q1 at the start of the season.
If Nico fails to get a seat next year due to his height (a paltry 6ft), then F1 will be losing one of its brightest young talents, which would be a terrible shame.
Keep pushing Nico. With drives like that, who can so no?