Nico Hulkenberg: “It’s a challenging track to get right”


Force India Hulkenberg Silverstone 2016 - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd.

Nico Hulkenberg is excited to be heading to Hungary this weekend for the eleventh round of the 2016 Formula 1 season as he looks to better his improved form.

The Sahara Force India driver had a good British Grand Prix after he finished in seventh behind team-mate Sergio Perez. Despite coming home with six points, Hulkenberg was disappointed with this finish. He believes he could have finished higher.

“Getting back in the points in Silverstone was a good result,” said Hulkenberg. “Although I think I could have scored even more points had some circumstances like the VSC played out differently.

The VJM09 performed well throughout the Grand Prix at Silverstone and the German sees this encouraging for Hungary and the rest of the season. Hulkenberg is excited to race at the Hungaroring this weekend as it’s a challenging track to get correct.

“However, the car performed well and we beat some fast cars on merit, which is very encouraging for Hungary and the rest of the season. For the last few years, Hungary used to be the last round before the summer break and there was always a big party on the Sunday night, after the race – an end of term celebration. This time we still have a race after Budapest, but I still think there will be a party in town. 

“The Hungaroring is not somewhere I raced a lot in my junior formulas. Outside of F1, I only raced there in GP2 in 2009 – I won the feature race and it was a pretty good weekend for me. It’s an old school track: narrow and very twisty. There is no chance to relax or lose concentration as all the corners come one after the other and you risk losing momentum with any mistake. It’s a challenging track to get right and it usually produces some fun races.” he added.