Hülkenberg admits to race struggles after stronger qualifying in Bahrain

Nico Hülkenberg finished in the points for the first time as a Renault driver in Bahrain, taking ninth - Credit: Renault Sport Formula 1 Team

Nico Hülkenberg secured his first points of the season but felt the Bahrain Grand Prix highlighted some of the weak points of his RS17 as he finished ninth on Sunday.

The result also meant the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team broke their points duck for the season, but Hülkenberg believes there is work to be done to improve their race pace, believing that ninth was the best result on offer for them with the strategy they ran.

Hülkenberg feels happier with the car under qualifying conditions, as proved by his excellent run to seventh on the grid, but now will be using this weeks post-Grand Prix test to do some work on set-up ahead of the next race in Russia.

“It’s good to have the first points of the season on the board and I think I had a good race given the pace of the car; I really wrestled with it a lot and two points were the best we could do on the strategy we ran,” said Hülkenberg.

“We are a lot better in qualifying, but over the 57 laps of the race we exposed some of the areas where we need to improve. Fortunately, I am testing here on Tuesday, so we have a great opportunity to make progress.

“We have some updates for evaluation when I’m in the car, which will hopefully improve our race pace by a big chunk for Sochi.”