Williams and Toyota believe their diffusers are legal.

Williams and Toyota believe their diffuser designs for 2009 are legal.

New nose design for the Renault R29 in the works.

Nico Hulkenberg hoping to make his Formula One race debut in 2010.

nico-hulkenbergHülkenberg made his karting debut in 1997, at the age of 10. In 2002 he was German Junior Karting Champion and the following year he won the German Kart Championship.

2005 saw his debut in German Formula BMW. His first season was a very successful one, with Hülkenberg dominating the championship and winning the title comfortably. He finished first in the Formula BMW world final but was stripped of the win after it was claimed he had brake-tested his rivals during a safety car period.

Hülkenberg moved up to Formula 3 for 2006, winning one round in the German championship. He also joined the German A1 Grand Prix team for the 2006-07 season. Nine wins in his rookie season made him the most successful driver in A1GP history. It meant he almost single-handedly won Germany the championship with 128 points, 35 more than Team New Zealand.

For 2007 he switched to the Formula Three Euroseries with the ASM team that had taken Lewis Hamilton and Paul di Resta to the last two championships. His first win came at the Norisring from 18th on the grid, he won again in the rain at Zandvoort and added a third at the Nürburgring. But he ran into trouble at Magny-Cours, being penalised in qualifying for passing the chequered flag twice, and crashing into Filip Salaquarda in the race.

He won the (non-championship) Ultimate Masters of Formula 3 race at Zolder from team mate (and F3 Euroseries championship leader) Romain Grosjean after the Swiss stalled at the start.

Hülkenberg is currently managed by Willi Weber, the long-time manager of Michael Schumacher. Weber has gone on record saying that Hülkenberg would be ready for Formula One by 2008. He has also praised Hülkenberg as an "unbelievable talent" and says he reminds him of Schumacher as a young driver.

F1weekly interview with Nico Hülkenberg on podcast # 283

usf1logo-sep08Can this be for real? Sources indicate that USF1 plan to construct their own chassis at their Charlotte North Carolina base.The ban on in-season testing making it more feasible for an F1 team to be based outside of Europe for all but the stretch of European races. Conceived by American design engineer Ken Anderson and former Williams team manager, Speed TV commentator and writer Peter Windsor. USF1 is Planning to be on the grid in 2010 improving the chances of bringing Formula One back to North America including a promised lineup of American drivers!.. More on this in the next Podcast.