Mixed feelings for Hulkenberg

By on Thursday, May 31, 2012

Nico Hulkenberg reckons that his Force India team can be pleased with the way their Monaco Grand Prix weekend unfolded.

Hulkenberg started the race from tenth place on the grid and finished two places higher to take his best result of the season so far, although was a little disheartened at being beaten by team mate Paul di Resta.

"I think from a team perspective we can be happy because we picked up a few points, which is good", said the German.  "I would rather have finished seventh, but it was the classic example in Monaco of stopping a bit earlier and then running into traffic with Kimi (Räikkönen). Paul got just the edge there with a free track and came out in front but, all in all, it was a very strong team performance."

Hulkenberg also explained that he was fortunate to avoid the start melee that claimed several drivers

"It was pretty messy! I was on the inside, so I didn’t see what happened exactly - I just suddenly saw a Lotus (Romain Grosjean) square in front of me. The only way to avoid it was to go on the inside because it was blocked with cars on the left. Luckily, I got through there without any contact. I was ninth after the first lap, so I gained a place."

Hulkenberg also said that he is looking forward to a return to North America next weekend.

"It’s [Circuit Gilles Villeneuve] a good circuit and I enjoy visiting Canada. I did Friday last year and in 2010 with Williams my pace was good. I enjoy driving there so I’m looking forward to it, but I have no idea how competitive we will be!"

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