Challenging Start For Hulkenberg At Monza

Nico Hulkenberg is hoping to improve on Saturday after a difficult start to his Italian Grand Prix weekend at Monza. A gearbox problem upset the German in the morning and sixteenth was the best he could manage in FP2 but Nico is optimistic he will be more competitive in qualifying.

“It was quite a challenging day. This morning was compromised a bit by a gearbox issue, which we were able to solve before the afternoon session. When doing the long runs I felt more comfortable in the car than with low fuel. We definitely have some room for improvement there. We have to look into the data and analyse what happened, because I think we can be more competitive. Otherwise, as usual, we were learning about the tyres and the set-up.”

Sauber teammate Esteban Gutierrez was a solid twelfth this afternoon and is hopeful that a few set-up tweaks will see him maintain his competitiveness tomorrow.

“It was a very productive Friday, without any issues on the car. We were trying to find the right balance and set-up of the car in the morning. In the afternoon, we made a decision, which wasn’t the best. Overall it looked positive and we have very good data to analyse so we can make the right decision about the set-up of the car tomorrow.”