Nico Hülkenberg: “It is a thrilling race and a huge challenge”


Nico Hulkenberg is aiming for more points this weekend in Monaco - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Nico Hülkenberg loves thrill of racing around the streets of Monaco each year, with the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team racer looking forward to getting started this year.

The German has a best finish of fifth in the principality back in 2014, and he knows he will have to concentrate hard and keep his focus during the event to keep his car off the Armco barriers that line the circuit.

“There is no track like Monaco, it’s the highlight of the year,” said Hülkenberg. “It’s unique and special in every aspect and I massively look forward to it. It is probably the most glamorous Grand Prix on the calendar and there is no place like it to give you a buzz and a sensation of speed.

“Physically it is not the most demanding track, but you have to really concentrate and be very precise,” said Hülkenberg. “It is low speed, not a high G-force track, but very full-on which makes focus vital.

“An error puts you in the wall and ends your race. As a driver it is about confidence. Overtaking is hard but it is a thrilling race and a huge challenge, I really love racing at Monaco.”

Hülkenberg believes Monaco could suit the team this weekend, especially with Pirelli bringing their two softest compounds to the circuit. He finished sixth there in 2016 whilst with the Sahara Force India F1 Team and is aiming for another points finish this season, having finished inside the top ten in the past three races.

“The track should suit us, especially with the Supersoft and Ultrasoft tyres,” insists Hülkenberg. “I am looking forward to race day and obviously I’m aiming for a good result.

“Last year I performed there quite well and with the new cars it will feel even quicker. You need a good rhythm and a good harmony with yourself and the car and feel comfortable.

“Lap times can be tricky to find, but in recent years I have done well, so hopefully we can have another strong performance.”