Between the lines at the Hungarian Grand Prix

Motor Racing - Formula One World Championship - Hungarian Grand Prix - Preparation Day - Budapest, Hungary

Nico Hulkenberg

The Question: Question to the drivers regarding the 21-race calendar next year, so it looks like it’s ever increasing. How difficult is it to adapt to your already busy schedules and do you think there is actually some kind of limit of number of races per year which is feasible for you as Formula One drivers? 

What Nico said:

NH: Nothing more to add, really. I think it’s fine, it’s a job, you know. We’ll do as many as they tell us.

What he might have meant to say:

NH: It’s a job you know, and as all of you out there know, having a job means getting up in the morning and travelling to a truly awful place at the whim of your clueless masters, who clearly don’t grasp that their strategy for the company is rapidly killing the company you are desperately trying to save for them. And once you’ve made the truly dreadful commute to that awful place, you have to put up with an endless barrage of pointless questions about why you’d done the things you’ve done. Not that I’m complaining about any of the great new circuits we race at, each one presents the driver with a unique set of challenges and as for the cities, well, I love all of them without reservation, especially the ones where the right of free assembly has been severely curtailed.