Nico Hülkenberg finished eleventh in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, just a second shy of the points, and is aiming for a better result this weekend at the Shanghai International Circuit.
The driver that replaced him at the Sahara Force India F1 Team, Esteban Ocon, ironically denied the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team driver a top ten finish but despite this disappointment, he is determined to break into the points this weekend in China.
“I’m going to be pushing all the way for points,” said Hülkenberg. “Australia was slightly frustrating as we could have done better with the pace we had in the car but traffic was an issue for most of the race.
“Our tyre strategy didn’t help us either. It looks like we’re in the midfield with some of our rivals slightly ahead, but certainly in reach, and Shanghai is a very different track from Albert Park, so let’s see what happens.”
Hülkenberg already feels right at home within the Renault team, and is excited to see where the journey takes them having seen their ambition of once again becoming a front running team within Formula 1.
“I feel totally at home and I know we can deliver good things together,” insists Hulkenberg. “It’s clearly a big operation at the start of a long adventure and it’s great to be part of this. Everyone’s working hard together and I know we can achieve great things in the future.”