Nico Hulkenberg says he is pleased with finishing seventh in today’s German Grand Prix, with his run of consecutive top 10 finishes continuing.
The Force India driver lined up ninth on the grid for his home race but benefitted from the first-lap accident, involving Felipe Massa and Kevin Magnussen, to move up to sixth.
He was unable to hold on to the position and dropped to eighth in the final part of the race. However, a late pit stop for Jenson Button moved him up a position.
“It was a difficult race and different to what we expected, mainly due to the lower temperatures with the track being 20 degrees cooler than on Friday,” he said.
“We were expecting a lot of rear degradation, but after a couple of laps it became clear the fronts were the limiting tyres, and that changed the game. It was a pretty challenging afternoon and, considering how the car felt, I think we got the maximum from the race.
“I also had to overcome some engine issues in the middle of the race because there were some hesitations and it was not driving smoothly. It was a good recovery by the team to solve the issue. It was important to score more points and from that point of view I’m feeling satisfied.”
His team-mate Sergio Perez took the chequered flag in 10th place, after starting in the same position. “I was hoping for more at the start of the race, but I couldn’t make my tyres last as we usually do and I therefore struggled with the balance for most of the day,” he admitted after the race.
“It was a very strange race; the track changed a lot compared to Friday and it was the front tyres that were suffering from degradation and not the rears. Together with the much lower temperatures, it made the car very difficult to drive.
“These things considered, to come away with a point was a good result in the end, but we we’ll need to achieve more at the races coming up to keep fighting in the championship.”
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