Nico Hulkenberg: “We look strong coming to Austria”


Credit: Sahara Force India Formula 1 Team

Nico Hulkenberg believes there is potential for another good result at this weekend’s Grand Prix in Austria after taking big steps forward since the start of the 2016 Formula 1 season.

The Sahara Force India driver had a disappointing start to his European Grand Prix after being hit from behind by the Haas F1 of Esteban Gutierrez into Turn 1. From here, he struggled with oversteer, but Hulkenberg managed to finish the Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit in eighth.

Heading into the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend, the German is excited to be returning to the Red Bull Ring. With a lot of German fans making the short trip over the border, to Hulkenberg it almost feels like a home Grand Prix.

“I love racing in Spielberg and it’s a great addition to the calendar,” said Hulkenberg. “The backdrop to the track, with the Alps, is spectacular, and there is an old school vibe to the circuit, which I enjoy.

“The atmosphere is very relaxed and lots of German fans make the short trip over the border so it almost feels like a home race for me. We look strong coming to Austria but we’re not taking anything for granted. The track is fun and it has a very nice flow, but it can easily catch you out, especially the last few corners, which are quite technical.

“I had a great race in Austria last year and have a good feeling about this weekend. The car is working well and we’ve taken a big step forward since the start of the year so there is the potential for another good result.”