A word that would perhaps best describe Nico Hulkenberg in Formula 1 is “journeyman”. Since making his debut in 2010, he has raced for three different teams, and 2015 will in fact be the first time that he has raced in F1 with the same team for consecutive years.
With Force India, Hulkenberg enjoyed a solid campaign in 2014 that saw him finish ninth in the final standings, giving him little reason to look elsewhere for a seat.
Speaking to the team’s website, he admitted that not having to adapt to new surroundings has eased the pressure heading into the new season.
“It makes a big difference not having to adapt to new surroundings,” Hulkenberg said. “It means you don’t have that learning period when you have to get to know the people and adapt to the way a team works.
“So I think it takes the pressure off a little bit and you can focus all your energy on driving and improving the car.”
Hulkenberg also believes that a stabilization of the technical regulations will help his cause in 2015 as he will know what to expect from the new car.
“It makes things easier,” he acknowledged. “There are no surprises and you can begin the season feeling more comfortable because you know what to expect.
“Of course, there are always small changes – especially on things like the steering wheel – so there will always be new things to learn. I think it’s good to have stability because it’s quite confusing for the fans if you change the rules dramatically every year.”
As for his expectations of the year ahead? “I hope for spectacular things!” Hulkenberg said. “That means scoring many points, great racing and lots of fun.
“I’m part of a team that is growing and hungry for more. 2014 was our best season yet so we need to aim to go a step further this year and give the teams ahead of us a harder time.”
The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.
IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.
This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.
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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.
“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.
“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.