Young Nico making his name in A1GP

A1GP 2006/07, Rd 1, Zandvoort

In the wake of the news that Nico Hulkenberg is leaving Force India to join the Renault factory team in 2017, we thought we'd take a look back to when a then-teenage Nico was making a name for himself in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.

Nico competed in all but one round of the 2006-7 season for Team Germany. He won the first feature race of the season and then tasted victory again in Malaysia before coming to dominate the competition by sweeping sprint and feature events in three consecutive rounds in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. He finished the season with a flourish by clinching victory in the last race at Silverstone as Team German were crowned overall champions.

Nico would then move into Formula 3 Euro Series where he won the title in 2008, and the following year he was GP2 Series champion in his rookie season which opened the way to Formula One and a seat with Williams. He filled in for Adrian Sutil at Force India in 2012 and spent the following year at Sauber until Force India recalled him. He's spent the last three seasons there before deciding to move on to Renault for 2017.

That's a lot to have packed into the last decade, and it's hard to believe that Nico ever looked quite so young as he did celebrating his first A1GP win in the Netherlands in October 200 (above) or facing the press in Kuala Lumpur in November 2006 (below).

A1GP 2006/07, Rd 4, Sepang

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