Nico Hulkenberg: “It’s been an excellent weekend”


2015 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Nico Hulkenberg completed a strong weekend back in Formula 1 in Austria, with the Sahara Force India driver finishing and unlapped sixth at the Red Bull Ring.

The German driver had qualified an excellent fifth on Saturday, but despite a good battle with the Williams of Valtteri Bottas, was unable to keep the Finnish driver behind him, but felt it was a good weekend all round for the team.

“I’m very satisfied with sixth place today,” insisted Hulkenberg. “Going into the race we always knew it would be difficult to keep the Williams of Bottas behind me, so bringing the car home in sixth was probably the maximum we could achieve.

“I had some good wheel-to-wheel battles with him and we swapped places a few times, but it was hard to match their absolute pace. Overall it’s been a great weekend: I found a nice rhythm and I have been very happy with the performance of the car.

“With Checo [Sergio Perez] in the points as well, it’s been an excellent weekend for us and we can be proud of what we’ve achieved. It’s an important boost ahead of Silverstone where we hope to make another step forward.”