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Hulkenberg confirmed as Williams tester for 2008 14 Dec 2007

Nico Hulkenberg (GER) tests for Williams. Formula One Testing, Day One, Jerez, Spain, 04 December 2007. World © Patching/Sutton Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Williams FW29. Formula One Testing, Day Two, Jerez, Spain, Wednesday, 5 December 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Williams FW29. Formula One Testing, Day One, Jerez, Spain, Tuesday, 4 December 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton

Williams have announced that 20 year-old German driver Nico Hulkenberg has been contracted as their official test driver for the 2008 season. Hulkenberg, who tested for the team last week in Jerez, will work alongside race drivers Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima.

“The two days of Formula One testing with the AT&T Williams team last week in Jerez were the realisation of an ambition that has driven me ever since my first kart race back in 1997,” said Hulkenberg. “When I actually got out on track in the FW29, it fulfilled every expectation and more. So to have represented myself sufficiently well to have been appointed as the team’s official test driver is the most amazing news and for me, Christmas has come early.”

In the past three seasons, the former German kart champion has contested the German Formula BMW Championship, German Formula Three, A1 GP and the Formula Three Euroseries. From the 68 starts he has made in these various championships, he has claimed 25 race wins and 14 poles, and won the Formula BMW ADAC title.

Commenting on the German driver’s appointment, Williams technical director Sam Michael said: “Nico has been through the rigours of our driver assessment programme culminating in his two day test in Jerez last week. Clearly he has shown demonstrable talent in the junior formulae, but it was important for us to see if he could make the step to Formula One. On the evidence we have so far, Nico is a quick and capable driver.”

In 2008, Hulkenberg plans to combine his test role at Williams with a race drive in the Formula Three Euroseries.