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Nico Hulkenberg: “I’m very happy with sixth place”

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Nico Hulkenberg insisted his Sahara Force India team could be proud of their achievements after his sixth place finish during the Brazilian Grand Prix secured them fifth place in the Constructors’ Championship.

Interlagos specialist Hulkenberg was delighted to help the team achieve the best championship finish in their history, and insists it shows just how far the team have progressed over the years.

“I’m very happy with sixth place and with scoring the points that helped the team secure fifth place in the championship, which is great news,” said Hulkenberg. “It’s the best result in our history and shows the progress we have made over the years.

“This fifth place is a result of all the hard work from everybody in the team and we should feel very proud of what we have achieved together.”

Hulkenberg admitted it was a tough but fun afternoon in Brazil, having seen his strategy compromised early after a relatively poor start that saw him immediately drop from fifth to seventh, but the German driver was able to make his medium tyres work to claim sixth at the chequered flag.

“The race today was fun, although I didn’t have the best start and got some wheel spin, which dropped me behind [Valtteri] Bottas and [Daniil] Kvyat,” revealed Hulkenberg.

“Fortunately I was able to get one of those places back with an aggressive early pit stop, but that forced me to do two very long stints on the medium tyres, which was the main challenge of the day.

“We made it work, though, managing the tyres and delivering the two-stop strategy. I’m now looking forward to Abu Dhabi and ending the season on another high note.”

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