Nico Hülkenberg: “It was quite a tough afternoon”


Nico Hulkenberg - Credit: Sahara Force India

Nico Hülkenberg finished the Malaysian Grand Prix in eighth position, and felt it was a reasonable result after losing ground at the start avoiding the clash between Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel and falling behind Jenson Button.

For two stints, the Sahara Force India driver was unable to get ahead of the McLaren-Honda racer, despite feeling he had the strong car, and lost a lot of ground, but eventually was able to jump the Briton and assist the team in extending their advantage over Williams in the Constructors’ Championship to three points.

“Finishing eighth is a reasonable result, given the circumstances of the race,” said Hulkenberg. “It was quite a tough afternoon: I made a very good start, but coming to turn one I had to avoid the accident between Rosberg and Vettel and that cost me two positions.

“Being stuck behind Jenson [Button] cost me a lot of time in the first two stints and I just couldn’t overtake him. Losing the track position so early on made it very difficult to finish higher up, despite the speed we had in the car today.

“I believe our strategy was the correct one for our race, but it’s very hard to overtake here and it just didn’t play out in our favour. All in all, we can be happy about putting two cars inside the points; we have increased our advantage a little and it should help us in what is going to be a very interesting end of the season.”