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GP Week : Issue 62
5 MINUTES WITH ... GPWEEK: Going into Monza you've got a great lead in the championship, you could be the rst driver to ever take the title before the nal weekend... how much are you looking forward to it? NICO HULKENBERG: Well I will just prepare and see it as a normal race weekend as far as I can. I don't want to think about the championship too much, so it'll just be a normal approach to the weekend. I will prepare as well as possible so that we can our best job. Is Monza a circuit that you think will suit your driving style? I've never been there, so it may be an extra challenge. It's fairly high speed. I think you need to learn about the chicanes and how to use the kerbs, but then all the rest should be quite OK. This season in GP2 you've come in as a rookie and since bedding yourself in on the rst weekend in which you didn't score any points, it's been an incredible season in which you've rarely been o the podium or out of the points. Have you surprised yourself? De nitely. At the beginning we had a di cult start until things started to go our way. It took a bit of time but I think we improved as a team, how we set up the car, how we worked together, and also my driving, has got a lot better since the rst race. We've improved step by step and as you can see the team is doing a great job. You've had quite a bit of F1 experience testing for Williams. How much did that help you prepare for GP2? I think it de nitely helps quite a bit to have driven a car with a lot more horse power and a higher speed, but then whenIcamebacktoGP2IhavetosayI was a bit disappointed in the beginning because it felt a bit slow and lazy and heavy, especially in quick corners and changing direction. So I had to adapt back somehow. But then after a few races I felt really comfortable in the car and I'm really enjoying GP2 races. It certainly looks like you're enjoying it. How much fun has this season been because to all of us on the outside the racing has looked fantastic all year. It's just good fun. I really enjoy racing my car.WhenIsitinitIknowit'smytoyandI know how I can play with it. It feels like a good, well-worn, bed in shoe, and it just feels great. Obviously you are now being spoken of a lot in F1 terms for 2010. The dream for you has always been Formula 1 but is next year a realistic possibility? I think de nitely. The way things have gone have been pretty positive for us and Formula 1 people have seen that as well. My manager Willi Weber is I think talking to a few teams and things are looking good. But as always nothing is decided yet. What do you think you can bring to Formula 1? A lot of motivation and a lot of determination. It's just my dream. What I love doing is racing cars quick around corners, around circuits and just enjoying to work with teams, to improve teams and improve myself and just work as hard as I can. The GP2 championship leader could become the first driver in history to wrap up the F1 feeder series before the final event of the season, when he takes to the track this weekend at Monza. WILL BUXTON spoke with the Williams F1 tester and 2010 F1 race- seat hopeful Nico Hulkenberg 18