Nico Hulkenberg secured his first points since the season opener in Australia on Sunday, as the Sahara Force India driver drove a strong race to eighth at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Canada.
The German driver was happy to return to the points, admitting it was not the most entertaining race he has ever participated in, with his only moment of contention coming when he spun whilst trying to defend his position from the Scuderia Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel at the chicane.
“I am very happy to come away from here with four points – that’s definitely some positive news,” reflected Hulkenberg. “It was not the most eventful race and I was by myself most of the time, except for the battle with Sebastian [Vettel].
“In hindsight I probably shouldn’t have tried so hard to defend against Seb, but when you’re a racer you just don’t want to give up a position without a fight. He took the outside line, I was on the inside, braking on the dirt and the marbles.
“I could see it coming but he didn’t leave me anywhere to go so to avoid contact I kept braking, lost the rear and spun. Fortunately I was able to get going and didn’t lose too much time.”
Hulkenberg feels the team are continuing to make progress with their car, and feels the second half of the season could be interesting, especially with the arrival a b-spec VJM08 imminent.
“Overall it’s been a positive weekend: we keep finding good performance from our VJM08 and the team is pushing hard to find more speed,” said Hulkenberg. “We’ve had a good run in the last few races, with Checo [Sergio Perez] scoring in Monaco and my points today.
“It means we are making good progress and we’re closing in on fifth in the championship, so the second half of the season should be very interesting.”