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Will Nico Hulkenberg’s Le Mans 24 Hours Win Affect His Formula 1 Prospects?

Having spent so much of his career in the shadows, Nico Hulkenberg finally had a day in the sun last weekend. Less than seven days after finishing eighth for Force India in the Canadian Grand Prix, the German started the Le Mans 24 Hours in the second of a two-race deal with Porsche, the most successful manufacturer in the event's history. Despite starting the race with the fastest car at his disposal—Porsche had secured a one-two-three result in qualifying—expectations, given Hulkenberg's lack of experience in sportscar racing, were muted. Indeed, it was telling that the Audi cars swarmed Hulkenberg's 919 Hybrid so soon after the start, penetrating Porsche's early stranglehold by relegating the new boy to fifth as though they ...

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