Hulkenberg posted a video to Twitter which appeared to be just another boring snippet of routine winter training. But the epilogue of the short flick reveals the target of his irrepressible urge.
We’re not sure if this was milk or dark, with nuts or just plain, or how it fits in to the Hulk’s lean and mean diet, but apparently Renault are stocking up on the delicacy.
The incentive plan calls for Nico to receive his full weight in chocolate, when he finally wins his first race!
Nico Rosberg admitted that as a fan, pairing Fernando Alonso with Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes would have been his preferred choice.
The reigning but retired world champion was asked by Spanish sports daily Marca about his thoughts on who should have replaced him in the Silver Arrows outfit.
“Ok, now that I’m a fan it’s very easy to respond,” Rosberg said.
“Everyone says Alonso and I say it too, because there would have been fireworks with Hamilton!
“As a fan it would be nice to see those sparks, but from the team side it couldn’t have been and they found a great solution.”
Rosberg considers that Mercedes were right however to poach Valtteri Bottas from Williams.
“Bottas is fast and he beat Massa three times in a way similar to Alonso did, and now he can do very well,” said the German.
“Of course Hamilton will be at a very, very high level and it will be difficult to beat him, but I proved that it is possible.”
The 31-year-old also said that Mercedes will get a run for its money from its rivals this year, and especially from Red Bull.
“Mercedes is the favourite, we are three times champion, although there are teams that are dangerous, like Red Bull,” he said.
“Adrian Newey and new regulations are a combination that has been successful in the past, and I’ve also heard that he is back with the team as he was before. Red Bull will be the second force.”
The story is more about commercial opportunity than fan fervency however. The deal came about as a result of Verstappen’s association with Dutch sports ticketing company Sporstadion.nl, the Red Bull drivers’ travel partner.
Belgian Grand Prix organisers noticed mass support for ‘Maximum Max’ in 2016, with grandstands flush with folk draped in orange.
Therefore they accepted to dedicate an entire seating structure to the people’s idol which will overlook the challenging double-left Pouhon complex.
The Red Bull Ring in Austria already installed a ‘Max Verstappen’ grandstand last year, and organisers are looking to increase its capacity from 1,000 to 5,000 this year. Not surprisingly, tickets are already sold out for seating in that area.
“In Austria Sportstadion.nl proved that we can offer fans something special and experience a race together,” Verstappen said.
“It was amazing! I look forward to a successful collaboration.”