Weber wants new protege on 2008 F1 grid

Mon, 4 December 2006, 08:36

With Michael Schumacher now retired, the German’s long time manager is turning his attention to bringing a new protege to formula one.

Willi Weber has already installed Nico Hulkenberg, with a long term management contract, in his A1 GP ‘Team Germany’, and the 19-year-old has so far proved the find of the open wheeler series in 2006.

“From what I have seen, I can say that the boy has an unbelievable talent,” Weber told the newspaper ‘Tagesspiegel’.

“So much about him already reminds me of Michael.”

Hulkenberg has also drawn parallels with Schumacher’s talent from elsewhere in the A1 pitlane, after driving to a commanding victory in the treacherous conditions at Malaysian grand prix venue Sepang.

Weber, planning to graduate Hulkenberg to the F3 Euroseries in 2007 but also thought to be looking for opportunities on the GP2 grid, continued: “I don’t want to say too much about it at the moment, but if everything goes to plan Nico should be ready for formula one in 2008.”


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