Nico Hulkenberg: “I have lots of good memories from Brazil”


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Nico Hulkenberg is looking forward to the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend on the back of a pair of strong outings in the United States and Mexico.

The Sahara Force India F1 Team driver had a good Mexican Grand Prix, after finishing in seventh. He would have finished in sixth, had the Scuderia Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen not made a move on him, that led him to spinning as they got close to touching, however the gap between him and Valtteri Bottas was big enough that he didn’t loose any more positions.

Team-mate Sergio Perez also finished in the points, which meant the Silverstone-based outfit out-scored Williams Martini Racing in their fight for fourth in the Constructors’ Championship.

Brazil holds a lot of good memories for the German, the 2012 Grand Prix is one of his best performances to date.

“I have lots of good memories from Brazil,” said Hulkenberg. “It’s where I got a pole position in my debut year in 2010 and where I had one of my best days in 2012.

“That was a very special race, leading for 40 laps in mixed conditions. It was exciting from the lights: it was dry, then it started to drizzle and some people stopped for intermediate tyres, but I stayed out, took a risk and made it work. It was a special experience and one of my best performances to date.”

Hulkenberg believes feeling at ease in a location, plays a big part in a driver performing well. With a lot of history behind the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, it’s an enjoyable track for Hulkenberg to drive.

“I feel really comfortable and happy in Sao Paulo,” added Hulkenberg. “The lifestyle of the Brazilian people really attracts me.

“I think feeling at ease somewhere plays a big part in performing well, so I am looking forward to this weekend. There is a lot of history at Interlagos and it’s an enjoyable track to drive. The weather changes very quickly in Sao Paulo, which makes for some crazy weather and some crazy races, which is something I quite enjoy!”