Nico Hülkenberg: “The RS17 feels good so far“

by Rachel Hack

Renault Sport Formula 1 Team driver Nico Hülkenberg was content with the mileage he was able to complete on the final day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona on Thursday, but was not so impressed with the way in which the scheduled wet weather running was planned out.

The track was artificially soaked by tankers throughout the day on Thursday, but due to the timings of that and the Spanish sunshine, the track tended to dry out too quickly for teams to collect any substantial data about the tyres.

“We completed a reasonable amount of laps in the morning; however the track dried pretty quickly so it was difficult to come to too many conclusions about the wet and intermediate tyres.

“We got some initial impressions on how the car reacts and feels on these tyres so we do have a starting point.”

The German was however, happy with the feel he was getting from the RS17 across the week, and believes he and his new team have gotten off to a good start, with more hopefully to come during the second week of testing, which starts on Tuesday 7 March.

Hülkenberg is looking to improve further when they hit the track next week, so that come the first round of the season in Australia, the team will be ready to go.

“The R.S.17 feels good so far, but we still have room for improvement and that’s what next week is about.

“We have a good starting point and base so we just need to work forward with more track time.”

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