Nico Hülkenberg: “The team made the right calls for the right track conditions”

Nico Hulkenberg will start an excellent fifth at Silverstone - Credit: Renault Sport Formula 1 Team

Nico Hülkenberg once again showed how proficient he is in mixed conditions as the German secured an excellent fifth place on the grid for the British Grand Prix.

The Renault Sport Formula 1 Team racer made it through to the top ten shootout at Silverstone, the fifth time this season he has made it through to the final segment of qualifying, with Hülkenberg setting the sixth fastest time overall, but with Valtteri Bottas’ penalty he moves up to fifth.

Hülkenberg felt his team gave him the best chances of progressing through each session, making the right calls at the right time, and although starting high up on the grid, he will be happy just to finish inside the points on Sunday.

“Today we had a very successful qualifying and will start the race just behind the top teams,” said Hülkenberg. “I had a good rhythm and we had good times.

“The team made the right calls for the right track conditions; there was a nice flow. I was feeling calm and confident with the car so I was able to produce a good lap.

“The upgrades we brought here this weekend seemed to also have played their part in our step forward. That said, tomorrow’s race is the true test. Let’s try and have a clean race. We’ll push very hard and I’ll be very happy to bring points home.”