Hulkenberg predicts “interesting” British Grand Prix
Speaking in a team statement ahead of the race, the German admitted: “The track is challenging for every driver and, in addition, the weather can be tricky as well. So it should be an interesting weekend.”
He added that the race has “a lot of history” and that for the fans, the race “holds a lot of tradition.” He continued to admit hat he is “comfortable with the track,” before citing Maggots, Becketts and Chapel as his favourite corners on the track. Giving some insight into setting up a car for the race, he said: “High downforce will be important, but also aerodynamic efficiency, because there are still a few straights.”
Rookie team-mate Esteban Gutierrez is also looking forward to returning to the home of motorsport. It’s one that he knows well after racing “there in every year of my career” before adding that “it’s one of the circuits I like the most.”
“The track has a lot of fast corners that you pass in split seconds,” said the Mexican, adding “To feel the limit of the car at such high-speed, for example in corners like Becketts, is something special. Usually the weather presents a challenge there, so we can expect a bit of variety again.”
Tom McCullough, Head of Engineering at the Sauber F1 Team, gave a bit more insight into the track’s characteristics and how that impacts car set-up: “The layout favours high-speed stability and a good change of direction, whereas the demand on the braking system is low. The abrasive tarmac and high-speed nature of the circuit result in it being hard on the tyres. Therefore, Pirelli has selected the two hardest tyre compounds in its range – medium and hard. Historically, overtaking has not been easy, but this year there is an additional DRS zone on the Hangar straight, which should help create a few more opportunities.”
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