Brundle lists F1’s worst underachievers

Michelle Foster
Nico Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg was given only 10 minutes’ notice that Sergio Perez would be announced instead of him as a Red Bull driver next year.

Not a list anyone ever wants to be on but Martin Brundle has named Nico Hulkenberg as one of the drivers who he feels never made the most of his talent in F1.

With Formula 1 sidelined as one by one races are postponed, Sky Sports put former driver turned commentator Brundle in the hot seat.

Opening up questions on Twitter, Brundle was asked who he feels is the ‘most under-rated F1 driver of all time and who is the most over-rated F1 driver of all time’.

His response: “That’s a tough one in terms of under-rated drivers.

“But in regards to drivers who I thought had the talent to go further than they did in F1, I’d say people like Ivan Capelli, JJ Lehto, Nico Hulkenberg and Tonio Liuzzi.

“Then there’s also Sebastien Buemi and Jean-Eric Vergne.”

Hulkenberg’s F1 troubles are widely known with the German holding the unwanted record of the most F1 grand prix starts without a single podium.

The former Renault driver, who was dropped by the team in favour of Esteban Ocon at the end of last season, started 177 races and managed three P4 results.

Liuzzi, Buemi and Vergne were all at one stage part of the Red Bull family and raced for junior team Toro Rosso.

None of the three ever made it into a Red Bull race seat but both Buemi and Vergne went onto win the Formula E championship title.

As for the other two, Capelli started 93 races with 64 retirements and three podiums, P3 at the 1988 Belgian GP and runner-up at that year’s Portuguese race, followed by P2 at the 1990 French Grand Prix, while Lehto managed just four points-scoring results in 60 starts including a third at the 1991 San Marino Grand Prix.

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