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Nico Hülkenberg: “I’m Aiming For Solid Points To End A Memorable Season On A Positive Note”

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Nico Hülkenberg says Renault Sport Formula One Team will give it “everything we’ve got” at the season finale at the Yas Marina Circuit.

The Yas Marina Circuit is considered to be one of the most modern on the Formula One calendar but Hülkenberg feels it is a tough track to find a rhythm at.

“Yas Marina is a really enjoyable circuit and the facilities there are probably the best of the season. The lap is quite long and strange in a way as it’s difficult to find a rhythm.

“Getting comfortable with the contrasting corner combinations is important for a fast lap time.

“Finding a good balance and harmony is also vital as the corners are different through the three sectors, so it’s about getting accustomed and nailing it.

“The circuit looks more suited to our package than Interlagos, and we head there expecting to be competitive and in the points.”

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has been the last race of the season for the past few years and the Renault driver is looking forward to trying to secure fourth place in the constructors’ championship for the French outfit.

“Abu Dhabi has been the scene of the season finale for the last couple of years and it’s definitely a good venue to round off the year. There’s a lot at stake for the team in the Constructors’ Championship.

“Last year it went down to the wire and, while this season we have more of a points cushion, we go there knowing there’s a job to do and anything can happen.

“I’m looking forward to it, though, and I’m aiming for solid points to end a memorable season on a positive note.”

2018 was the second season Hülkenberg has been at Renault and the German is pleased with the progression the team has made this season.

“On a whole, 2018 has been a good building year. My second season with Renault was always about progression and continuing the journey the team has outlined.

“The start of the season was excellent and we more than deserve to finish fourth in the Constructors’.

“We’ve been the fourth quickest car out there for much of the year, so we just need to finish the job off in Abu Dhabi now.

“As a racing driver, you’re always pushing for better results. While we’ve scored some outstanding finishes, there’s that desire for more which will be the next step for us.”

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