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F1 Statistics

First Grand Prix
Bahrain 2006
Race starts
103
Pole positions
0
Race Wins
0
Podium finishes
5
Points finishes
49
Total points
279.5
Fastest laps
2

Racing Career

Nico started racing in karting when he was eleven; he spent 9 years racing in junior formulae from 1996-2004, winning the German Formula BMW championship in 2002.  He tested for Williams BMW that year, aged only 17, making him the youngest man to ever drive a Formula 1 car.  In 2003 and 2004, he raced in the Formula Three Euroseries, driving for his father's team.

In 2005, Nico moved to the new GP2 Series, racing for the ART Grand Prix team.  In 23 races, he took five pole positions, five wins and 120 points to finish as the series champion.

2006 saw Nico move to Formula 1, racing for Williams alongside teammate Mark Webber.  He raced his first race in Bahrain 2006; his car had to have the nose replaced early on in the race and he came out of the pits in last place, he fought his way back up the field to finish 7th and also recorded the fastest lap of the race, becoming the youngest driver to do so.  His excellent start continued in the next race in Malaysia when he qualified third, then his engine blew seven laps into the race.  This was the first of many retirements for Nico, many of which were due to car unreliability.  Nico scored a further two points in the European Grand Prix, finishing the season with 4 points in total and in 17th place in the championship.  The low points score and low championship finish does not reflect his season; Nico put in some brilliant drives throughout the year but often had to retire (and often from points-scoring positions) with technical gremlins.

In 2007, Nico drove for Williams Toyota, his teammate was Alex Wurz.  He had a strong season and consistently qualified in the top ten; he scored 20 points overall and finished 9th in the championship.  The Williams car showed better form, particularly towards the end of the season; and the reliability and pace is reflected in Nico's results. He had an encouraging season, continuing to improve; he scored 17 points, leaving him 13th overall.

In 2008, Nico drove again for Williams, with teammate Kazuki Nakajima. He gained his first podium (third) in the first race in Australia and gained another podium second this time, at the night race in Singapore.

In 2009, he once again drove for Williams Toyota, alongside Kazuki Nakajima. Nico had a tremendous season - he was consistent and had some brilliant results, leading to his largest points haul to date.

Nico has moved to the Mercedes GP team for 2010, alongside Michael Schumacher.