Hulkenberg sympathises with Barrichello’s plight

Nico Hulkenberg has revealed he knows just how Rubens Barrichello feels.

A year ago, the young German was enjoying a solid debut season in formula one but waiting to know if he would get a new Williams contract for 2011.

Ultimately, despite putting the FW32 on pole at Interlagos, Hulkenberg was overlooked by the famous British team apparently because Pastor Maldonado was offering millions in Venezuelan backing.

Now, it is Hulkenberg’s former teammate Barrichello – the highly rated Brazilian veteran – who is waiting to know if he will be replaced for 2012.

Reportedly in the running for the seat is Adrian Sutil, who would presumably move his personal sponsors Medion and Capri-Sonne from Force India to Williams.

Ironically, the move would probably see Hulkenberg, 24, return to the race grid next year in Sutil’s place.

But referring to Barrichello’s predicament, Hulkenberg said: “It’s exactly the same as me last year. You get to the end of the season without a contract and with no alternatives.

“That’s how fast it can change — last year Rubens was the hero of the team,” he told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.