Nicolas Hülkenberg is a German professional racing driver. He was the 2009 champion of the GP2 Series, and is a previous champion of both the Formula 3 Euro Series and A1 Grand Prix, as part of A1 Team Germany.
Hülkenberg raced in Formula One in 2010 with the Williams team. Despite winning the first pole position for Williams in over 5 years he was not retained for 2011, and joined Force India as a test and reserve driver. He was promoted to a race seat with the team for the 2012 season, joining Paul di Resta.
On 2 November 2009, Hülkenberg was confirmed to race for Williams in 2010. Hülkenberg's team-mate for his first season would be the experienced driver Rubens Barrichello, who moved from Brawn GP which in turn was bought out by Mercedes-Benz.Hülkenberg made his debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix, recovering from an early spin to finish in fourteenth position.
At the second round in Australia, he was involved in a first-lap incident with Kamui Kobayashi, after the Japanese driver's front wing failed and sent him into the barrier, rebounding into the path of Hülkenberg.
On 26 January 2011, Hülkenberg was confirmed as Force India's reserve driver for the 2011 season, where he would drive for the team in the Friday practice sessions. He had replaced Paul di Resta, who was promoted to a race position in the team. Hülkenberg competed in the first practice sessions of all the races apart from Monaco, Hungary, Korea, India and Abu Dhabi.
On 16 December 2011, Force India announced di Resta and Hülkenberg would be their drivers for the 2012 season
For 2013 he signed for the Sauber team, with 21-year old Mexican driver Esteban Gutiérrez as his team-mate