Fun race with a mega result for Hulkenberg

By on Sunday, October 14, 2012

Photo Credit: Sahara Force India

Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg expressed his delight after finishing sixth at the Korean Grand Prix.

Hulkenberg gained a place at the start and then pulled off a stunning double move on Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean later on in the race.

"That race was a lot of fun and it’s great to get such a mega result. It wasn’t easy though, and for most of the race I had the Lotus of Romain [Grosjean] pushing me and some great battles", he said.

"Even the first pit-stop was very close with Romain, but the team did a great stop because it was important to stay ahead at that stage. I think the best moment of the race was the fight with Lewis [Hamilton] and Romain in the final stint when I got ahead of both of them in turn four. They both went to the inside so I just saw the opportunity to use the outside line and made the move work. That certainly put a big smile on my face".

Team-mate Paul di Resta felt that missing out on Q3 on Saturday affected his race.

"A tough race in many ways and it’s fair to say that the result in qualifying hampered us quite badly. We expected the supersoft to be a better race tyre and so we saved it for the second stint", he said.

"As it happened, the soft tyres did not last long enough at the start of the race and when I switched to the supersofts they started graining straight away. So we were not on the ideal strategy and that impacted the whole race, and after that I was always struggling with traffic and couldn’t make any progress."

Nico Hulkenberg now leads Paul di Resta by a single point in the championship, although Hulkenberg is hotly tipped to move to Sauber next season, with the BBC reporting the deal as being done.


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