The unlucky Nico Hulkenberg

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2016 Brazil

2016 Brazillian Grand Prix showed why Nico Hulkenberg has very poor luck in F1. Heavy downpour and a lot of crashes later, Hulkenberg was running a strong P4. On lap 20, Raikkonen binned his Ferrari on the start-finish straight spreading debris all over. Nico couldn’t avoid hitting the detached front wing of the Ferrari and hit it head-on.

But to his relief, the race was red flagged and the running order stayed as it is. Everyone was called to the pits and his front wing was changed. When the race started again behind the safety car Hulkenberg was called back to the pits again within a lap. The reason a slow puncture. This stop relegated him to P15.

So when Verstappen pitted to take in inters to begin his now famous charge through the field, it took him until the penultimate lap to pass Perez who had inherited P3. With Nico being a better wet weather driver than Perez, maybe he could have had enough of a gap to open a lead just enough to hold Verstappen at bay and duly take a well-deserved podium.

The unlucky Nico Hulkenberg

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