I swear, Hulkenberg’s pole lap is the only thing 95% of people can remember him doing.
Two pole laps. Sorry to be pedantic, but it does make a difference. One pole lap would have looked like a fluke, due to the changeable conditions, but two showed he really had the speed that day.
Otherwise, you’re just That Guy Vitaly Petrov Hit At The Start In Japan. I swear, Hulkenberg’s pole lap is the only thing 95% of people can remember him doing.
He was also That Guy Who Scored Points In Seven Races In His Debut Season. Seeing as you mentioned him, Vitaly Petrov was That Guy Who Scored Points In Only Five Races In His Debut Season Despite Having A Superior Car, But Stayed In The Sport For The Following Season Because He Was Paying For His Seat. Just for comparison.
Nobody can argue that Hülkenberg set F1 on fire in his debut season, but he definitely showed potential, and he got a handful of good results. Just because you can’t remember him doing anything except getting pole in Brazil, doesn’t mean that 95% of us can’t!