A new challenge with a reliable partner
A new chapter in the success story of Nico Hülkenberg and DEKRA will be written as the long-established partnership between the 30-year-old and the leading international expert organization has been extended: for Nico's ninth season in Formula 1 and his second year in the Renault Sport F1 Team, DEKRA remains his Official Partner. Therefore, Nico will continue to wear the DEKRA logo on his official driver cap.
"Since the beginning of my racing career DEKRA has been on my side, for 14 years now. I can always count on their reliable support as my partner", Nico says. However, it is not natural for a partnership to last that long. But to Nico this is more than just another sponsoring commitment: "Over the years we have become friends and I am proud to wear the DEKRA logo on my cap as the brand stands for safety and expert knowledge all around the world. These are values I am more than happy to represent."
It is the close relationship between the partners, built over years, that DEKRA chairman Clemens Klinke likes to point out: "When you support somebody from the beginning, in karting, to him becoming a works driver in Formula 1, this is truly special." For DEKRA as an organization with a worldwide operation the presence of its brand in Formula 1 is very valuable. "With our staff of 43,000 we are present on all five continents. As a result, tens of thousands here at DEKRA once again cross their fingers for Nico this season."
In his ninth Formula 1 season Nico Hülkenberg plans to go all-in from the start. "I always give one hundred per cent, this is for sure", he says. "I can rely on my huge experience, too. You can always benefit from what you have seen and learned in all these races and teams." The plan for Nico is to add some points to his all-time tally of 405 World Championship points this year.
Last but not least, Nico as the only other German in Formula 1 next to Sebastian Vettel wants to achieve his very first podium finish in Grand Prix racing. "Of course it still is a big aim for me to finish up there. I had a couple of lead laps in the past already but it is all about bringing it home, really. For sure we will attack more in 2018. That will be a lot of hard work for the whole team, but this is what I am looking forward to."