'Solid' result pleases Hulkenberg, Gutierrez misses out

By on Sunday, November 17, 2013
Sauber F1 Team

Sauber F1 Team

Nico Hulkenberg says he is pleased after a good weekend in Austin resulted in him scoring eight points courtesy of a sixth place finish.

Hulkenberg started the race in fourth place and battled with Fernando Alonso over fifth, but ultimately had to play second fiddle to the Spaniard.

"A very solid result yet again," he said. "If I’m not mistaken, since Monza that would have been the eighth points finish in a row if it wasn’t for the brake disc failure in India and the drive through in Abu Dhabi. That’s a pretty impressive statistic."

"It was an interesting race. I didn’t have to fight that much, only at the end with Fernando, which was good fun. Unfortunately in the crucial part of the race, about ten to 15 laps before the end, we didn’t quite have the pace of Fernando, so he was able to overtake me."

"During the last lap going into turn one I passed him, but then I just missed the apex and he was able to get me back at the exit. But we finished just a couple of seconds behind our competitors. I think it’s been a good weekend with a gain of a good eight points."

Esteban Gutierrez believes his problems stemmed from his 10 place grid penalty as he came home in 14th.

"It was a very tough race starting from P20. We had to make up a lot of positions on track. I managed a good first lap," he said.

"I made up a couple of positions and then, once the safety car was deployed, we decided to pit in order to put me on a different strategy to the other cars. We need to analyse the situation now and see how much we gained from that. I think all in all the problem came from the ten place grid penalty, which made it complicated at the end."


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