Hulkenberg pleased with top 10 championship result

By on Sunday, November 24, 2013
Sauber F1 Team

Sauber F1 Team

Nico Hulkenberg says that he is pleased to have finished in the top 10 of the drivers championship for the first time in his career.

Hulkenberg finished the Brazilian Grand Prix in eighth place, leaving the German in 10th place in the championship with 51 points.

"It was a good race," he said.

"I had a good start and nice battles in the first few laps. Then I was by myself for most of the race. The problem today was too much understeer. Because of that the front tyres were ruined pretty quickly, which cost us time."

"But finishing eighth is a solid result and it puts me in tenth place in the drivers’ championship, which I have never achieved before. That is a good feeling."

Team-mate Esteban Gutierrez was 12th.

"Overall I feel positive. It’s been a great race and I enjoyed all the fights on track today," he said.

"I had a good first lap overtaking quite a few cars. We were struggeling a bit with the hard tyres in the first stint, but then managed to recover some time with the medium tyres during the second and third stints."

"So the way we approached everything today was good. It was still quite a challenge to manage the front graining we had and I was doing everything I could to try and compensate for that. All in all I have finished the season with a positive race. It was a season where learning and gaining experience have been the main topics for me, and I feel I did a solid job as a driver to take the next step forward for my performance."


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