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Nico Hülkenberg: “I was presently surprised that we showed reasonable relative pace”

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Nico Hulkenberg finished P9 and P7 during Friday practice in Spain - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Nico Hülkenberg finished inside the top ten in both free practice sessions at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Friday, and feels that should the momentum into the weekend then it could be a strong weekend for the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team.

The German was ninth fastest in the morning session at the Spanish Circuit with a best time of 1:23.993s, and improved to a 1:21.687s to place seventh in the afternoon, just ahead of team-mate Jolyon Palmer, with the results surprising the twenty-nine-year-old.

Hülkenberg believes there is still time to be found with the RS17, but Friday has given them a strong platform to work from for the rest of the weekend.

“A solid Friday for us,” said Hülkenberg.  “We completed our usual programme and there were no dramas with the car.

“As usual, there are areas we are working on to improve for qualifying tomorrow and we know where some extra pace can be found. It was a real struggle to find grip today so I was presently surprised that we showed reasonable relative pace.

“If we can carry this through to tomorrow and the race it could be a decent weekend.”

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