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GP Week : Issue 223
Victory at Le Mans for Nico Hulkenberg marked the first time since 1991 that an active Formula One driver has won the French classic. That year it was Bertrand Gachot and a young Johnny Herbert, who’d failed to qualify his Lotus for at the Canadian Grand Prix the week before. At the wheel of the third Porsche entry, Hulkenberg teamed up with Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber, the trio putting in a near perfect drive to win the race. The Hulkenberg car took the lead when the sister Porsche driven by ex-Red Bull race winner Mark Webber was given a sixty-second stop-go penalty after Brendan Hartley passed under yellow flags. Once in the lead, solid pace from all three drivers ensured Hulkenberg's car stayed out front to lead a Porsche 1-2. “To come there, first attempt, and to win it with my team and my teammates has just been incredible,” Hulkenberg said in Austria. The Force India driver had almost been joined by Fernando Alonso, his place in the team understood to have been blocked by Honda. “It was very close this year,” Alonso admitted when asked if he’d considered racing at Le Mans. “I considered to race in Le Mans in the future - and when in the future I don't know.” Hulkenberg’s victory has sparked interest from the current crop of drivers who are now eyeing similar opportunities. “Yeah, it was cool,” smiled Daniel Ricciardo. “It's nice to have a weekend off but when I was watching it I was obviously thinking it would be nice to be racing as well, on this weekend off. “Nico's made us all look good and I think he's made it all seem possible for us now. So, maybe we'll get the praise from our teams to venture into these things for the future.” HeAD CAse Lewis Hamilton has confirmed he’s switching helmet suppliers. After a 20 year hook up with Arai, Hamilton’s skid lid will now be supplied by Bell. FACT CHeCKING An angry Kimi Raikkonen confronted a journalist who’d penned a story suggesting the Finn will take a pay cut to stay with Ferrari. Raikkonen enquired: “so you just come up with bulls***, yes or no?” THe GReATeR GOOD(WOOD) Staying with Kimi, the Iceman will return to the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this week where he’ll join Fernando Alonso’s 2010 challenger. MAD MAX Former FIA President Max Mosley has released his autobiography. The Englishman’s time falls short of a wharts and all expose, but does provide give a unique take on his time in motorsport. A TYReD TALe Michelin has taken to social media to confirm it's submitted an application to become Formula 1's tyre supplier from 2017. It's understood the French company wants to increase wheel's to 18" from the current 13" spec to make the tyres more road relevant. Pirelli has also submitted an application. 13 GPWEEK.com // 13 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> news hulkenberg has drivers dreaming BrieFly