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GP Week : Issue 63
Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information Interested in Aussie V8 Supercars? CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport eNews ... NICO Hulkenberg became the rst driver in history to wrap up the GP2 series title before the nal weekend of the season, with a strong drive to the podium in the second GP2 race in Monza. The German, in his rookie year of the championship, holds a 22 point lead going into the final weekend, and with only 20 points on offer at the championship finale in Portimao this weekend, cannot now be headed by his rival Vitaly Petrov. Hulkenberg was naturally delighted with his championship success. "[I feel] bloody shit. I am so sad right now," he joked in Monza. "Our expectation was to win and finally we did it, so we're very happy about that. But expectations were high, as well. "I didn't expect to be champion in my first year, especially after the first three weekends when Addax was so far away. But then we made up a lot of ground, improved our speed and our car, I got better and better in the car -- as a rookie I had to get some mileage to deal with the car better during races, save my tyres more -- and then I think we had our high at Nurburgring, Valencia, Spa. All those were very good weekends. We scored a lot of points and were very consistent, and consistency is what wins championships." Hulkenberg admitted that losing his early season rival Romain Grosjean to F1 had made his life easier, but praised the job done by Petrov and the fight that the duo had endured. "Petrov did a very good job at the end - maybe even a better job than Grosjean did before he left -- but he was one of the main contenders and it was a loss for the GP2 championship. But when such an opportunity comes up, no one says no. Even I wouldn't have said no. It's great for him, he deserved it." So too, now, does Hulkenberg. Already a test driver for Williams, there is much talk that he will be racing for the team in F1 next season. Hulk takes GP2 title early F1 NEWS >> 9