Nico Hulkenberg: “It’s one of those special races”


Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09. Credit: Sahara Force India Austrian Grand Prix, Sunday 3rd July 2016. Spielberg, Austria.

After starting from the front row of the grid in Austria, Nico Hulkenberg was deflated to come away from the race with no points at all. The German is in a positive mood ahead of the British Grand Prix however, and is hopeful of coming away with a strong result at the Sahara Force India team’s home race this weekend.

“I’m still feeling disappointed with the result in Austria. When you start on the front row you obviously have big hopes for the race, but things just didn’t work out for us. Fortunately we have Silverstone this week so I can get back in the car and focus on getting a good result.

“The team’s home race is always a busy weekend because our factory is next to the track. It’s one of those special races because the grandstands are full, there’s a buzzing atmosphere and the energy of the fans gives you a real boost. We usually visit one of the campsites and it’s great to meet the fans and have a chat – you always see how much they love the sport.

As with many drivers, the Silverstone circuit is a favourite of Hulkenberg’s and the German is looking forward to the challenges it will bring, whilst eking out as much performance as possible from the VJM09, and bringing home a good result for the fans.

“I love driving at Silverstone and the circuit is a real challenge. The fast sections are very enjoyable and corners such as Maggots and Becketts are some of the best of the season where you feel the true performance of an F1 car.”