Nico Hulkenberg Sheds Light on ‘Nervous’ Theory Regarding Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen

Published 11/24/2021, 1:57 AM EST
2019 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX (19 September 2019) – Zone 1 – Paddock Club – Drivers’ Autograph Session RenaultÕs Nico Hulkenberg Singapore Grand Prix via Reuters Plus


After Lewis Hamilton’s sensational back-to-back wins in Brazil and Qatar GP, the fight for the championship is nearing a nail-biting end. Former Formula1 driver Nico Hulkenberg in an interview with Speedweek dismissed the notion that the two drivers would be nervous about the last two races. The German has put forward his opinions about this intense rivalry and its psychological impact on the drivers.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Verstappen is currently leading the championship with an 8-point lead over Hamilton. However, The Briton will look to curtail the lead going into the last race of the season. It is bound to be a high-intensity race with the title being at stake.

Nico Hulkenberg talks about the psyche in such situations

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Hulkenberg had a long-running career with close to 200 Grand Prix starts. He is better suited to talk about on-track intensity and pressure. Talking about Hamilton’s victory in Qatar, he said, “It is possible that Lewis was spurred on by the difficult weekend in Brazil. It was a sensational performance by Lewis, flawlessly.” 

Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 21, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton sprays champagne as he celebrates on the podium after winning the race with second placed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

When asked about his opinion if the drivers get nervous in these situations, he completely dismissed the notion. “Oh, these guys are not nervous, those were the normal things in a race. Lewis isn’t nervous, he’s fighting for the eighth title. And Max is actually just crazy, how cool he takes that in his first world championship fight,”(translated to English via Google Translation) said the German as reported by Speedweek.

How are the two teams taking it?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

RedBull boss Christian Horner and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff have been in a continuous off-track banter. Both the teams are scrutinizing every step of the other team under a heavy lens. On being asked about this, Hulkenberg said that this duel is only because of the tremendous about of energy they put in on a daily basis and their fight for “all or nothing”.

“It’s currently very, very balanced,” said the German. “For me, Saudi Arabia will tip the scales. It depends on who stays flawless there – it’s also about the pit crews and so on. “

Meanwhile, Verstappen also feels good going into this tight battle. “It is going to be a difficult fight to the end, it’s good. It keeps you excited,” said the RedBull driver.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Tell us who do you think will end up at the top at the end of this season.

Read Also- Another Setback for Red Bull F1 as Toto Wolff Offers ‘Spicy’ Lewis Hamilton Engine Update

Enjoyed reading this article? Download our exclusive app to get 24x7 coverage, latest memes and social media banter. Click here to download.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Rituraj Tripathi

90 articles

Rituraj Tripathi is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. A true lover of speed, he is big fan of Lewis Hamilton and finds a future world champion in Lando Norris. Rituraj eagerly looks forward to the paddock moving to the Circuit de Monaco, and he finds Portier corner as the most exciting part of the track.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT