Nico Hulkenberg: “The car is improving at every race and we can deliver”


Nico Hulkenberg - Russian GP 2017. Credit: Renault Sport Formula 1 Team

Renault Sport Formula 1 Team driver Nico Hulkenberg is pleased with the progress made by the Enstone based squad so far this season, and the German is looking forward to taking on the challenge of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix this weekend.

“I’m feeling good. The car is improving at every race and we can deliver.

“I spent two days at Enstone last week and even some occasional British rain wasn’t an issue.”

The 29-year-old is a fan of the Montmelo track, which is known for its true test of a car’s aerodynamic efficiency, despite not going overly well there on previous visits, and will no doubt be looking to improve those statistics this time out.

All drivers know the Spanish track well, thanks to its continued use during testing, which also means the team have plenty of data already at their disposal to work with, making the weekend a tad easier than usual in that respect.

The first sector is the German’s favourite part of the track, and although it will no doubt be tough going physically, he is fully prepared for the extra demands that will be inflicted upon both himself and the car this year.

“It’s a track we all know really well after testing there so much so all the engineers have a lot of data and knowledge about it.

“I personally like the layout, especially the first sector with turns 1-2-3, which have added value thanks to the fastest cars this season.

“It’s a physical circuit with all the high speed right-handers so you need a strong neck; you’ll really know about it by the end of the race.”

Having scored points by reaching the lower end of top ten in the last two rounds of the season, Hulkenberg is hoping to step things up in Barcelona, with improvements in pace and chassis efficiency from recent updates already proving beneficial.

Further upgrades will be introduced in Spain, with new bargeboards and an updated rear wing on the itinerary and the German will be looking to maximise the potential of the package, by finishing in a top order position on Sunday.