Nico Hülkenberg: “I was hoping for a bit more from the race”

by Paul Hensby

Nico Hülkenberg finished eighth during the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday, but the German admitted to being disappointed he did not finish even higher.

The Sahara Force India driver was unable to keep up with those ahead of him after losing some of the feel from his VJM09 from qualifying into the race, with Hülkenberg believing the colder conditions at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday was possibly the reason.

Despite the disappointment of the eighth place finish, Hülkenberg felt the team did get their strategy calls right, feeling a one-stop strategy was unrealistic.

“I’m happy to score points, but at the same time I was hoping for a bit more from the race because I really believed we could challenge the top six,” said Hülkenberg.

“For some reason the car didn’t feel as good today as it did during practice and qualifying. Maybe it’s because the conditions were so cold and windy, which meant we lost the sweet spot and the car was not easy to drive. That’s something we need to look at in more detail and understand.

“At the start I didn’t get off the line very well, but I had a great first lap and recovered some positions. Then, the story of my race was simply tyre management. I think we made the right calls with the tyre strategy because even though we wanted to try and one stop it just wasn’t possible in the end.”

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