Aston Martin fans have had their opportunity to ask Nico Hulkenber questions with Socios.com. All they needed was an Aston Martin Fan Token ($AM) to take part on the Socios.com app, and Nico did the rest himself. What questions would have you liked to ask the German Formula 1 driver?
A look at Nico Hülkenberg’s career
35 year old Nico Hülkenberg lives and breathes racing. His career started back in 2005 with Formula BMW and he’s had plenty of twists and turns since then. After doing the rounds in A1, Formula Three and the GP2 series, Nico’s big break in Formula 1 came in 2010 when Williams came calling.
He’s represented six F1 race teams since then and his experience has been incredible.
During his inaugural F1 season, he raced alongside the veteran Rubens Barichello and made his race debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2010, finishing 14th after a tough start. He scored his first ever Formula 1 points in Malaysia, where he ended in 10th place after securing Q3, qualifying in 5th place.
His first Pole Position also came with Williams in 2010, as he took the Brazilian pole from under Sebastian Vettel’s nose. He ended that race in eight place, and then moved to Force India. Malaysia also provided his first points for his new team in 2012 and his best ever Formula 1 finish was also achieved with Force India. He finished fourth in the Belgium Grand Prix, narrowly missing a podium celebration.
Career best finish
A brief stint at Sauber followed, but he soon returned to Force India to race alongside Sergio Perez. In 2014 Hülkenberg finished the season in 9th place with 96 points, which was a career best. The following season, he scored 72 points and helped Force India finish the Constructors’ Championship in 4th spot.
Le Mans 2015 victory
One of Nico Hülkenberg’s career highs came in the 2015 Le Mans edition, where he and his team finished in top spot after a tough endurance race. He raced a Porsche 919 Hybrid together with Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber.
Hülkenberg spent the 2022 season as Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team’s official reserve driver, competing in two races overall. He replaced Sebastian Vettel for the opening Bahrain Grand Prix, starting and ending in 17th place and also raced in the following Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, ending in 12th.
His main objective in 2022, as a reserve driver was to test tyre development alongside Lance Stroll.
Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team
The dream of having Aston Martin race in Formula 1 again started in 2006 with a consortium lead by David Richards and the 2022 team is a dream set up, and arguably one of the nicest cars on the circuit too. Their race garage is based in Silverstone and is a true celebration of British racing history.
The current Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team marks a return to F1 racing following a hiatus that started in 1960. Poor results in 1959 and 1960, where the classic DBR4 chassis were used, forced the team to stop competing in Formula 1, until their return in 2021. They rejoined the circuit officially in 2008, but as sponsors of Red Bull Racing.
Aston Martin’s drivers
- Sebastian Vettel
- Lance Stroll
Aston Martin’s highest finish came at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and in the Hungarian Grand Prix, with Sebastian Vettel finishing in second place.
As the team continues to grow, invest and expand, we can expect better results for next season. Fernando Alonso will join the crew, replacing the retiring Sebastian Vettel for next season. In Alonso, they have an experienced two time World Champion and his wisdom will help unlock more points.
The Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Car
The Aston Martin AMR21 burst onto the scene in March 2021 and is simply stunning. It is coated in a British Racing Green, paying homage to Great British Racing. It runs on Petronas fuel, using Pirelli P Zero or Cinturato tyres. It’s debut came in the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix and weighs just 752 kg. A Mercedes-AMG F1 Mi12 E Performance 1.6 L Turbo Rear mounted engine is currently in use.
Aston Martin Fan Tokens ($AM)
Aston Martin Fan Tokens ($AM) are your key to impacing this F1 team, connecting with fans and also winning huge prizes that include once in a lifetime experiences any Formula 1 fan would dream of.
What are Aston Martin Fan Tokens ($AM)?
$AM Fan Tokens are a tokenized membership to the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team. They are based on the block-chain and can be bought using the cryptocurrency $CHZ, from the Socios.com app.
They allow you to vote on key decisions, as described below, compete in leaderboards for more prizes and connect with fellow race fans.
Aston Martin Fan Token holder decisions
This season has been a fun season for $AM Fan Token holders who have made some key decisions for the team.
They already picked the name of a communications room in the newly-built Aston Martin factory in Silverstone, and lucky winners got the chance to take a tour of the premises, meeting key team members along the way.
Look out for more polls and ways to make your mark on Aston Martin.
How to buy Aston Martin Fan Tokens
Getting an $AM is easy:
1. Open the Socios.com app and tap on Wallet.
2. Top up your Wallet with our in-app currency, Chiliz ($CHZ)
3. Tap on Sports, tap on $AM and buy your $AM Fan Token using the $CHZ you just bought.
What impact will you have on Aston Martin?