Renault Sport Formula 1 Team driver, Nico Hülkenberg is looking forwards to Formula One returning to Silverstone this weekend – a track renowned for its high-speed corners and impressive history, making it a firm favourite with many of the drivers.
The German driver comes to Britain off the back of two difficult races, in Baku and Austria, where he struggled at the back of the field.
“Sunday wasn’t good, but Saturday was more positive, P11 on the grid was probably the best we could have done,” he commented. “In the race, the anti-stall at the start kicked in and we dropped to the back, we need to review what happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again. I was almost last by the first corner and it was difficult after that.”
“I struggled on the Supersoft tyres and I wasn’t making ground, so we switched to the Softs to try something different. I lost a lot of time with the front runners and blue flags, so it was difficult.”
Nevertheless, he is now focussing his full attention towards Silverstone, that comes directly after the Austrian Grand Prix.
“Silverstone is a high-speed circuit with lots of old corner combinations such as Maggots, Becketts and Chapel which are truly awesome. There are so many great corners where you really feel the forces of a Formula 1 car.”
The high-speed nature of the circuit means that it presents a physical challenge for the drivers; especially with the new, higher downforce 2017 cars.
“You have to really work your neck in the build-up before Silverstone to get ready for the high G forces and it’s important to be ready for it. At Silverstone we’ll really feel the extra cornering forces from the cars this season. We need good high-speed balance on the car to maximise our performance. It’s a challenging lap but also a lot of fun and very special.”
“Silverstone is one of the historic races on the calendar. You really get a feel for the roots of racing there. The atmosphere is buzzing and that always gives me an extra boost, especially as my Formula 1 home for so many years was just outside the gates.
“You get a great feeling when you’re driving with the thousands of fanatical Formula 1 supporters cheering you on. It’s one of those special races because the grandstands are full – all around the circuit and across the entire weekend. There’s a really cool, traditional atmosphere about the place which is great to experience. You always see how much the fans love the sport.”