Nico Hulkenberg: “The updates we brought here are working”

Nico Hulkenberg was satisfied with his Saturday afternoon’s work after qualifying inside the top ten at Silverstone in his b-specification Sahara Force India VJM08.

The German driver will start ninth at the team’s home Grand Prix, and felt the updated car was working well for him, insisting that had he been in the original specification car, he would have struggled to reach the top ten shoot-out.

“I enjoyed today. Silverstone is one of those fun tracks, especially on low fuel with new tyres, and I’m feeling satisfied with our performance,” said Hulkenberg.

“My laps were clean and tidy, and it was a smooth session. The updates we brought here are working really well and without them I don’t think it would have been possible to be in the top ten today.

“So from that perspective I’m very happy because we know there is more to come as we explore and learn about our car. For this weekend, the long run pace has looked competitive, but the cars ahead of me also look very quick and we will have to work hard to come away with points.”