F1 driver looks unrecognisable in pic as a youngster after incredible glow-up

THIS Formula One star looks unrecognisable as a youngster before his incredible glow-up.

The driver in question is stood on the left of the photo lifting a trophy in glasses alongside none other than Sebastian Vettel.

INSTAGRAMThe driver who looks unrecognisable [left] is next to a young Sebastian Vettel[/caption]

He discovered his love for motorsport aged just ten when he started karting and he won the Kart Championship in his homeland.

The 35-year-old has featured in 12 F1 seasons and he has driven for the likes of Aston Martin, Renault and Force India.

In the approaching 2023 season that begins on Sunday in Bahrain, he will get behind the wheel for Haas.

Despite being on the starting grid for 181 races, he has never won a Grand Prix or even made a podium in his career.

Away from F1, the German has represented Porsche at the World Endurance Championship, winning 24 Hour of Le Mans on his first attempt.

Have you worked out who it is?

It is, of course, Nico Hulkenberg.

He is ready to replace Mick Schumacher at Haas after he was shockingly dropped from the team at the end of last season.


The son of seven-time world champion Michael admitted he was devastated to lose his place.

He said: “I don’t want to hide the fact that I am very disappointed about the decision not to renew our contract.”

Hulkenberg is ready to come back as a regular after three years as a reserve driver, stepping in for the likes of Vettel when he had Covid for Aston Martin.

He has featured in just five races during his time as a back-up.

EPANico Hulkenberg is back on the grid for the 2023 season[/caption]