Nico Hulkenberg’s career has seen a series of sideways steps over the past few years, having left Force India for Sauber in 2013 before returning for this season. However, he now is in the form of his life, and is enjoying his racing as a result.
The German driver is one of just three on the grid to have scored points in every single race so far in 2014, with Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso being the other two. Thanks to this consistency, he lies fifth in the drivers’ championship, one place ahead of defending world champion Sebastian Vettel.
“It’s my best run of results in Formula 1 and I’m really enjoying the racing,” Hulkenberg explained. “I’ve said many times that consistency is our strength and we showed that again in Monaco with another fifth place. Monaco was not our strongest track, or our weakest track, but we still brought the car home for a great result.”
Although he was reluctant to make any predictions for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal this weekend, Hulkenberg believes that the car might be better suited to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve than some of the other tracks he has recently raced at.
“It’s difficult to say how we will perform in Montreal,” he admitted. “In theory, it should be one of the better tracks for us, but things change from race to race. It’s good that we have the soft and supersoft tyres again because I think the softer tyres are more suited to our car.
“As an overall event the Canadian Grand Prix is one of my favourites because of the buzz around the city and the unusual track. To get a quick lap you need good top speed, a car that can attack the curbs and you also have to be brave enough to get close to the walls.”
Interestingly, in three appearances, Hulkenberg has failed to score any points in Canada. He finished 13th in 2010 and 12th in 2012, but retired from last year’s race after a run-in with Caterham’s Giedo van der Garde.
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