British Grand Prix – Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg says he’s giving himself ‘9/10’ after qualifying in P10 for Sunday’s F1 British GP at Silverstone.
The Renaults appeared to have found some pace from their lacklustre second practice session on Friday, with both Hulkenberg and teammate Daniel Ricciardo getting into the top ten for Sunday’s race.
While Hulkenberg finished P10 behind Ricciardo, the gap was just 0.2 seconds between the pair, and the German driver says he’s been having some constant issues with negotiating the final sector: “[I’m] not super happy, I am not giving myself a 10- maybe a 9. It just comes down to the last three corners where I have been consistently struggling with the weekend and it’s a little bit frustrating. Turn 15 after the Hangar Straight is very high speed and I somehow always struggle with the front right tyre there.”
“I couldn’t find the balance between front and rear all weekend and that continued in qualifying. You need confidence in the car here and that wasn’t all there today. I can’t complain too much, it’s an improvement since Austria.”
“It kind of damages it and makes me struggle to get around the last corner with understeer. That’s where most of the lap time is. Otherwise we are very happy and I could produce the time.”
Having brought updates to the Renault recently, the team were pretty anonymous last time out in Austria, and Hulkenberg says the update ‘isn’t quite delivering as much as they’d hoped’ but said the characteristics of the Red Bull Ring seemed to expose the weaknesses of the RS19: “Austria does have a few medium speed corners and those are the corners we are struggling the most . It is where we are most exposed so maybe it goes hand in hand with altitude. It’s a bit funny there and difficult to understand the extend to which we are struggling. That’s history anyway. We are not thinking about Austria anymore.”