Nico Hülkenberg: “We’ve been struggling all weekend long”

Nico Hulkenberg will start the Monaco Grand Prix from tenth - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Nico Hülkenberg felt he got the most out of his Renault Sport Formula 1 Team RS17 during qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday, with the German unable to advance to the top ten shootout.

Hülkenberg initially qualified in twelfth but will move up two places on the grid into the top ten once both Jenson Button and Stoffel Vandoorne take their penalties, but the German admits his team have been experience grip issues throughout the weekend in the Principality, and that Sunday’s race is also likely to be a struggle.

“I think that was the best we could have got from the car today,” admitted Hülkenberg, who has scored points in the past three races. “We’ve been struggling all weekend long with a lack of lack grip and balance which reflected on Thursday’s times. We managed to improve the car and I’m really happy with my laps.

“Tomorrow’s likely to be a tough day in the office. You have to stay sharp and on your toes as Monaco can always hold some surprises and you always have to be ready to pick them up in case there are some so we are prepared as normal and try and have a good race.”